Feds: Mother accused of selling baby for porn was present during abuse

2013-03-07T21:30:00Z 2013-03-07T23:38:08Z Feds: Mother accused of selling baby for porn was present during abuseElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

GARY | A mother accused of selling her baby daughter to create pornography was present when some of the abuse took place, according to an unsealed complaint in federal court.

Natisha Hillard, 24, of Gary, met Christopher M. Bour, 39, of Gary, through a dating service, according to the complaint. Bour is accused of buying Hillard's daughter to produce pornography.

Officials began investigating Bour after an unidentified woman reported to the FBI in February that Bour sent her text messages indicating a child was going to be sexually exploited, according to records.

Hillard was charged with selling her daughter, who is 18 months old, for the production of child pornography and permitting the child to participate in its production. Bour faces charges of buying a child to produce pornography, producing child pornography and possession of child pornography of a minor younger than 12.

According to court documents, Hillard's face is visible in one of the pornographic images, and her hands are seen holding the infant in at least three pornographic images.

Officials found the images on Bour's computer Feb. 22, according to court documents. A review of Bour's cellphone also found a text message sent to Hillard asking for a picture of the baby, according to the complaint.

Detectives traced the text to Hillard's cellphone, according to court records. Authorities said her photo from the Department of Motor Vehicles also matched with the photo of the adult woman seen in the pornographic image.

Officials are still unsure if the pornographic images were captured at Hillard's or Bour's houses, according to court records. The complaint didn't state how much money or what items Hillard may have received.

Hillard and Bour are being held without bond, according to records. Their arraignments are set for Monday.

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