Mum 'performed sex acts on her four-year-old son and sent photos to friend
A mum has been accused of performing sex acts on her four-year-old son and taking pictures of the alleged assaults.
Krystal Sanspree, 30, sent four images of the abuse to a male friend, Corey Ashton Steele, 32, police claim.
Both are facing multiple child sexual abuse charges after local police were tipped off by a concerned source.
Sanspree and Steele, from the US state of Alabama, both "made admissions" to investigators after they were arrested and questioned, it is claimed.
Mum Krystal Sanspree could be sentenced to life in prison if she is convicted (Image: Baldwin County District Attorney)
If Sanspree is convicted she could be sentenced to life in prison without parole, local media reported.
Corey Ashton Steele asked for the child abuse images, police claim
Police have described the alleged crimes as "sick" and twisted".
Sanspree, of Foley, allegedly texted photos of herself performing sexual acts on her son to Steele, from Loxley, after he asked for them, Gulf Coast News Today reported.
The boy has been relocated to a safe place, said police.
Federal investigators are looking into whether child abuse images were shared with other people or sold.
Foley Police Department and the Baldwin County Department of Human Resources launched an investigation on December 11 after they were tipped off by the source.
Steele "made admissions" to investigators after his arrest, it is claimed (Image: Baldwin County District Attorney)
Sanspree has been charged with sexual abuse of a child less than the age of 12, sodomy first degree, four counts of production of child pornography and four counts of disseminating child pornography.
More charges are pending as the investigation continues.
Steele's charges included criminal solicitation of a Class B felony, solicitation of sodomy, four counts of possession of child pornography and four counts of solicitation of child pornography.
Police told local media that both suspects "made admissions" after they were arrested.
Investigators have described the alleged crimes as "sick" and "twisted", NBC 15 reported.
Assistant District Attorney Kristi Hagood told the TV station: "It doesn’t matter what the age, you are corrupting innocence when this happens.
"It's a horrific crime. It truly does shock the conscience.
"There aren't enough words to describe how bad this is."
Sanspree and Steele are being held in custody.