LAKESHORE, Ont. - Police call it one of the most shocking and disturbing crimes they’ve seen after a woman allegedly broadcast herself on a webcam having sex with her toddler child and her dog.
“It’s one of those things that just makes your stomach roll,” said Essex County OPP Const. Janet Hayes. “It’s hard to believe there are people out there that can commit these despicable offences, especially against their own child. You can’t comprehend someone that could do something like that.”
The Lakeshore woman — police are keeping her name and age a secret to protect her child’s identity — is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual exploitation and bestiality.
Further charges related to making, possessing and distributing child pornography are possible, once the OPP E-Crimes unit in Orillia finishes a forensic examination of the woman’s computers. Investigators seized several computers from the woman’s home along with other “possible offence related devices.”
Police aren’t revealing the gender or exact age of the baby victim to ensure its identity will remain a secret. The OPP also wouldn’t give details of the alleged sexual activity involving the toddler and the dog, which was a pitbull, but said it was unsettling.
“It was extreme, very extreme behaviour,” said Hayes. “Disturbing. Incomprehensible, just that someone is able to conduct this type of behaviour. A normal person can’t even really comprehend that it’s possible for someone to behave that way. This is very disturbing.”
Police began investigating after a man called Saturday to report that he’d seen a woman online the night before performing the sex acts on a webcam feed. He originally called Windsor police. They contacted provincial police because the woman lived in Lakeshore, which is OPP territory.