Houston & Texas News
May 10, 2007, 2:15PM
WICHITA FALLS — A mother suspected of selling her 15-year-old daughter to a man accused of child sex crimes has been indicted for the alleged $3,000 sale.
Tina Valdez, 37, reported her daughter missing to authorities in August, claiming the teen was a runaway, Archer County Sheriff Ed Daniels said today. Valdez had a note she told police her daughter had written that said the teen was going to look for her father, Daniels said.
Late last month and after federal authorities had spoken to the teen, who was in Mexico, Valdez told investigators that she had sold her daughter while they interviewed her about filing a false report about her daughter being a runaway, he said.
“She just needed money, clothes and food,” Daniels said.
The sheriff said that after purchasing the Windthorst teen, the man and the girl went to Mexico.
Once located in Mexico by federal authorities, the girl went to the U.S Consulate in Mexico and is now back in the U.S. in foster care, officials said.
Valdez and the man who allegedly bought her daughter, 35-year-old Jason Carlile, were indicted Monday on charges of purchase or sale of a child, a third-degree felony, said Jack McGaughey, the district attorney for Clay, Archer and Montague counties.
Valdez remained in the Jack County Jail on Thursday on $150,000 bond. It was not clear whether she had an attorney.
Carlile, who surrendered to Mexican authorities before being brought back to Texas, remained in the Harris County Jail today on $150,000 bond.
Carlile, who faced charges of indecency with a child and possession of child pornography in Wichita County at the time he allegedly took the teen to Mexico, didn’t have an attorney yet, a jail official in Houston said.
Information source: Houston Chronicle