VALPARAISO | A 21-year-old Wanatah woman is charged with 13 felony counts on accusations of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy in the bedroom of his Chesterton home where she was baby-sitting.
Tara Tryon, of the 6900 block of Volk Road, is being held without bond at the Porter County Jail until her initial hearing Monday before Porter Superior Judge Bill Alexa.
The abuse came to light when an anonymous caller contacted LaPorte County authorities about forwarding to them an email containing photos and videos of a woman sexually molesting a young male, according to court records. The caller identified the woman as Tryon.
The caller mailed memory cards containing the photos and videos to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department and the Valparaiso office of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
One of the memory cards was passed along to the Indiana State Police, which discovered 39 photos and two videos reportedly showing Tryon involved in various sex acts with the child. Police also identified the anonymous caller and the person who originally received the images.
The parents of the young boy confirmed Tryon watched their child in their home and verified the images were from the boy's bedroom.
Tryon is charged with five Class B felony counts and one Class C felony count of child molesting, along with seven Class C felony counts of child exploitation.
Class B felonies carry a potential sentence of between six and 20 years behind bars, while Class C felony convictions could result in two to eight years.