Mom busted for prostitution and drugs with kid in hotel room

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HENRICO, Va. -- Prostitution along West Broad Street is no surprise to some folks.

But folks like Diane Parker are surprised about a recent prostitution arrest that was “pretty unusual.”

Henrico police said 23-year-old Uniquia Barksdale of Farmville was arrested at a business in the 7200 block of West Broad Street.

Not only did she allegedly break the law by engaging in prostitution, police say she had drugs in the room while her child was present.

Court documents obtained by CBS 6 News outline a felony child neglect charge she is now facing, along with two misdemeanors. One, for a first time marijuana possession and the other for prostitution.

Neighbors in the area were stunned to hear about the case.

“It makes you think of the welfare of the child. Like, that child might have been in danger if the mom is taking him or her to an environment with drugs, illicit sex acts and all these other things, " Imani Anderson said.

Others said the arrest is sad and they hope the woman can get some help.

“You don't know what a person faces. I definitely think it's wrong,” said Asia Moore. “Once again you can't judge anyone.”

Barksdale has been released on bond but has to follow some rules laid down by a judge.

The child is now with family members and Barksdale is not allowed to have any contact with the child.

Any contact would have to be approved by Social Services. She must also undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluations.

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