Couple Tries to Sell Their Baby for $25
Patrick Fousek, 38, and Samantha Tomasini, 20, of Salinas, Calif. couple were arrested Tuesday after they attempted to sell their 6-month-old baby for $25 outside a Walmart store. True story.
According to police, Patrick approached two women outside the store and asked them if he could use their cell phone, then asked if they would like to buy his child. At first, the women though he was joking -- he must be, right? -- but they reported the incident to police after he became persistent about making the sale.
After he wasn't able to sell the child, Patrick drove away, but the two women wrote down his license plate and gave it to police. They went to Patrick and Samantha's apartment to get to the bottom of the story. When arrived at the home, Patrick and Samantha were high on methamphetamine and admitted to police that she has breast-fed the baby while high on meth.
They were swiftly arrested and charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of narcotics, and Patrick was also served with an extra charge of violating probation. (He and his brother were arrested in 2006 after probation officers found the men were running a meth lab.)
The child is now in the care of child protective services.