MARTINEZ, Calif. - A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after authorities said she agreed to sell her 4-year-old daughter for sex over the Internet.
Shannon Nicole Woods was being held at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond in lieu of $50,000 bail, after her arrest Tuesday on suspicion of offering a minor under 16 for lewd and lascivious acts, according to Martinez police.
"She denies that she offered up the child," said Sgt. Gary Peterson. "But we have records of online activity that shows she did."
Authorities said a man who knew Woods recognized her photograph in a posting on Craigslist.org soliciting men for prostitution and contacted her posing as a potential client.
In online conversations through e-mail and chat rooms, Woods agreed to meet for sex. When the man offered $500 to have sex with her daughter, she didn't object to it, Peterson said. The man, who never met with Woods, contacted the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children, he said.
The girl and Woods' infant son have been placed in protective custody.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark said his staff can't monitor every posting on the site, and relies on users to notify them about illegal postings.