An Indiana woman has admitted that she let her boyfriend molest her 10-year-old daughter and encouraged the young child to lie after the girl got pregnant.
The 33-year-old mother and her boyfriend, Nicholas Deon Thrash, 34, will now both spend time behind bars for their role in the abuse.
The mother, who the Associated Press opted not to name in an effort to protect the identity of the child, pleaded guilty Tuesday to neglect, aiding child molesting and assisting a criminal and agreed to a 20-year sentence in jail followed by five years of probation, according to the Associated Press.
Thrash was given a 160-year sentence last week after he was convicted of 10 counts of child molesting.
The victim's mother admitted that she continued to let Thrash live with them even after her daughter had told her of the abuse, The Chronicle Tribune reports.
She also failed to report the molesting and her daughter's resulting pregnancy to authorities and told the young girl to lie and say a classmate had gotten her pregnant, Fox News said.
Deputy Grant County Prosecutor Lisa Glancy said the woman's behavior showed "egregious disregard" for her daughter.
"When you aid someone, you're helping them in some way," Glancy said according to the Chronicle Tribune. "Child molesting is usually behind closed doors ... under secrecy. Just suspecting it is not enough for the charge, you have to have facts to prove that they were helping."
Although prosecutors said they were ready to take the mother to trial, they agreed to the plea deal to spare the young victim the "emotional and psychological toll" a trial against her own mother could have caused.
The girl, who testified in Thrash's trial that he had molested her at least 15 times, gave the baby up for adoption and is now living in foster care.
"She's doing better. That's all that we can hope for right now. She's at a really good place," Glancy said according to the AP.
[Photo: Grant County Jail]
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