An 11-year-old girl has recalled a horrific time in her life when her mother would have her pose naked for a man to take photos of her. She offered up this information while talking with a social worker. According to the Great Falls Tribune, authorities believe that a woman they arrested on Thursday allowed a man to take nude pictures of her daughter in the basement of the man’s home.
The woman was charged after the Great Falls Police Department in Montana was notified of what the 11-year-old girl had told police where she was living now in Missouri. She told a social worker with the Missouri Department of Social Services about the horrific ordeal that she endured when she was just in kindergarten, and they contacted the police in Great Falls.
The girl had been removed from her mother’s home in Great Falls and placed in the custody of her father in Missouri in 2016. She told the social worker about the photo shoots that would take place when she was just in kindergarten.
The child said that her mother had her pose nude for a man, who was a photographer. This man would not only take photos of her naked, but he also masturbated during the basement photo shoots in Great Falls.
The girl’s name has not been released, but her mother is identified as Emily Burnett. Charges against Burnett were filed in Cascade County District Court on Thursday. She is facing two counts of sexual abuse of children and each count carries a potential 100-year prison sentence.
The girl spoke with a forensic interviewer in Missouri and she said that she feels safer living in her father’s home. Back in her mother’s home, she admitted that she was scared as her mother was aggressive with drugs and sexual activity, according to the reports filed in this case.
She said her mother asked her if she wanted to be a model before taking her to this man’s home. Once she got there, she was given a few outfits to change into. The man would take pictures of her changing and “rub himself” during the photoshoot, she said.
She also said that while she was changing she would put her hands in front of her private parts, but her mother would move her hands for the man. She said that when they were done, the man would give her mother money for which she used to buy drugs.
The girl also claimed that her mother was abusive, showing a scar on her thumb where she said her mother cut her with a knife. She claimed that her mother would beat her with a hairbrush and she’d sometimes keep her out of school for a week if the bruises were too bad. This was so the bruises didn’t draw attention to the girl’s plight.
The mother is being held on $80,000 bail, and the photographer, who allegedly took the naked pictures of Burnett’s daughter, has not yet been identified by police.