A Woodbury woman was sentenced Wednesday to a year in the Ramsey County workhouse for dropping her developmentally delayed daughter off at locations where she was forced to have sex with several men last year.
Cheryl Tchida, 51, will serve six months of the term, with 185 days stayed for two years of probation.
Ramsey County District Judge Gary Bastian had little sympathy for Tchida as she expressed her remorse and pleaded to be allowed contact with her 19-year-old daughter, who has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old and dwarfism. Tchida pleaded guilty in April to neglect.
“You talk about wanting to be reunited with your daughter. To me … that would be the worst thing that could happen to your daughter,” Bastian said.
Bastian told Tchida that he was skeptical of comments she made in court. He also issued a no-contact order between Tchida and her daughter.
According to charges filed against Tchida earlier this year: Tchida was the sole guardian for her daughter when the sexual assaults occurred. Tchida dropped her daughter off at a Roseville motel and St. Paul apartment on several occasions over six weeks even though her daughter told her she was being forced to have sex with strange men.
Tchida reported the rapes and prostitution to police in August. Her daughter became pregnant and gave birth to a special-needs child who is in foster care.
St. Paul city senior prosecutor Tara Patet said that Tchida’s daughter is living in a foster home because she requires round-the-clock care. Patet said Tchida expressed no concern for her actions in a pre-sentence investigation, and continued to deflect blame.
“Yeah, I dropped the ball,” Tchida said, according to Patet.
“That’s as close as she gets, your honor,” said Patet, who described the remark as “trivial.”
Tchida told the judge she missed her daughter.
“I have four children, and they all have a special place in my heart,” Tchida said. “[She’s] always had an extra spot.”