SALINAS, Calif. — Jail officials in California said a father who was accused of trying to sell his baby for $25 outside a Walmart is recovering after other inmates beat him.
Patrick Fousek, 38, and Samantha Tomasini, 20, of Salinas, pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and drug charges on Friday.
Fousek appeared in court with a bruised eye and stitches. Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Richards said the man was attacked Thursday at the Monterey County Jail. He also suffered two cracked ribs and is now being held away from the general population.
Fousek is accused of approaching two women on Wednesday and asking if they'd like to purchase his 6-month-old.
He and Tomasini were arrested a few hours later at their home, and Child Protective Services removed the baby from the couple's custody.