IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- In Iredell County, a mom is facing federal charges for taking nude photos of her son and sending them to her boyfriend.

The child is 4 years old.

Investigators have been on the case for the last six months. They've been following a virtual trail that began in Midland, Texas but eventually brought them here.

Authorities say the boyfriend shared the photos on Craigslist and claimed to have participated in sexual acts with the boy and his mother.

Right now it's not clear if the mother is in custody but we do know her son is in the custody of protective services.

NBC Charlotte is not identifying the mother, so as to protect the identity of the child.

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