Sunday, June 27, 2010

Have you seen this article? Have you heard about this?

From Yahoo (and every other news source)

A California couple was on the hunt on Wednesday for bargain shoppers at a Walmart -- hoping to sell their 6-month-old baby for $25 outside the store.

Patrick Fousek, 38, and Samantha Tomasini, 20, were arrested hours after Fousek allegedly went up to two women and asked if they were interested in purchasing his child, according to police.

Salinas police spokesman, Officer Lalo Villegas, said the women initially thought Fousek was joking. But when he became pushier, they got suspicious and called police.

“I don’t know if they’re mothers but they definitely had that instinct to help,” Villegas said of the two women.

Police said they found Fousek and Tomasini at their home at 1 a.m., and the duo appeared to be high on methamphetamine. The house was in shambles.

Tomasini told Child Protective Services, who took the baby, that she also breast-fed the child while she was under the influence.

The couple was expected to be in court for arraignment on Friday.

This is so very sad. But then this follow up article was in the paper today.....

Father's Day came a bit late for Patrick Fousek.

The demented dad, arrested for allegedly trying to hawk his 8-month-old in a Walmart parking lot, has been brutally beaten in a California jail after his cellmates heard of his heinous crime, police said.

The baby bargain was $25.

Before being arraigned on Friday, Fousek was attacked in an open dorm of the Monterey County Jail when inmates learned of the offense on television, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The dad was briefly hospitalized and treated for two cracked ribs and injuries to his face.

He appeared in the courtroom, beaten and bruised, sitting apart from his fellow inmates.

After the attempted sale, police found Fousek and his partner Samantha Tomasoni holed up in their squalid apartment where they appeared to be high on meth.

Apparently unable to find a buyer, the couple still had the 8-moth-old in the apartment with them.

The two inmates are now being housed under heightened security in segregated cells.

They face up to four years in jail for the child endangerment charges in addition to the lesser offenses of possession of a controlled substance.

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