The neighbors noticed something strange about the apartment on the second floor. Suspicious men were coming and going at all times of the day.
Police now say the mother in the Pennsylvania apartment was selling sex for heroin money — while children were there. And a father of one child might have even helped.
Police say Brittany Patrick, 26, posted multiple ads on a website called Escort Babylon. The posts said Patrick wanted to meet "older, generous gentlemen ... no game players, I don't play games."
Police conducted traffic stops on the men leaving her building in Ingram. The drivers couldn't name a person they were visiting or give police a "reasonably believable purpose" for their visits, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Believing that drugs or prostitution might be involved, police found the multiple ads on the website with Patrick exposing herself.
An undercover officer answered an ad and went to Patrick's apartment. When he got there, Lukas Roger Trout opened the door holding an infant, and with two other young children with him. Trout is the father of one of three children living with Patrick.
Trout, 27, told the undercover officer, “Oh dude, you can go up here,” according to KDKA-TV.
Patrick was waiting in the bedroom. She told the officer to place $120 on a TV, and started to take off her clothes. She promised him 30 minutes of "full service" sexual activity, according to Trib Live.
The officer then arrested her on charges of prostitution and endangering the welfare of children. Two days later, Trout was arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
After her arrest, Patrick told police she was having sex in the apartment for the past few months to pay for heroin. The children were present in the apartment when it was going on, she said.
It was not immediately clear what happened to the children after the arrests.
[Photo: Facebook; Allegheny County Jail]