The Panama City Police Department announces the arrest of Sue Ellen Mims, 33 years of age. Mims is being charged with one count of Selling A Minor For Prostitution.
The arrest comes after Mims reportedly offered her eight-year-old daughter to a male she did not know. Mims was in the 2000 block of Harrison Avenue and reportedly offered her daughter to the male for one hundred dollars. Mims also reportedly said her daughter would do anything the male wanted and would not tell anyone about it.
The male reported the incident and stated he does not know the woman or her daughter. The Department of Children and Families was notified and are involved with this case. Mims was arrested on December 21, 2011 at approximately 10:10 A. M.
Right now the 8-year old girl is with family members. It's in accordance to how the Department of Children and Families handle cases like these. DCF officials say this is an allegation that could possibly terminate all parental rights for the mother.
Panama City Police Sergeant Jeff Becker says he has never seen anything like this in the 12 years he's worked in Panama City.
"It's disturbing some of my grandchildren are daughters and I can't even imagine where you must be in live to want to sell your children I can't even imagine," Becker said.
After looking into Mim's past criminal record, we found she does not have any similar charges on file in Bay County.
Becker adds residents have already stepped up to the plate to make sure the little girl gets the Christmas she deserves. If you'd like to donate clothes, the girl wears size 7 or 8, DCF officials say you can drop them off at the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center at 210 East Eleventh Street Panama City, FL 32401 or to Shauna Peterson at the Bay County Department of Children and Families office at 500 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401-6304.
If you need to report a non-emergency crime in Panama City please contact the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3112 or on the web at www.panamacitypolice.com. If you have an emergency please dial 911. You can also report your tips to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
Information provided by the Panama City Police Department