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June 24th, 2010, 08:17 PM
Parents Accused Of Trying To Sell Child For $25
Child In Protective Custody, Salinas Police Say
SALINAS, Calif. -- Two Salinas parents are facing felony child endangerment charges after being accused of trying to sell their 9-month-old daughter outside a Walmart store for $25, police said.
Police confirmed with Action News that Patrick Fousek, 28, and Samantha Tomasini, 20, were arrested Tuesday after two women reported that Fousek tried to sell them his daughter for $25 outside the Westridge Walmart.
The two women, who said they didn't know if Fousek was joking or not, reported the incident to police with a description of Fousek's car. Police then traced Fousek's vehicle to an apartment in the 700 block of East Romie Lane.
Police said when officers went to the apartment, they found the child and the parents who were high on methamphetamine.
"Initially, the two women thought he was joking around, but he was insistent and kept telling them 'No, I want to sell you the baby,'" Salinas police spokesman Lalo Villegas said.
On Thursday, Fousek's brother -- who did not give his name -- told Action News that he was he, not Fousek, who tried to sell the child to the two women outside Walmart for the price of $50, and that it was all a joke.
"The girls knew I was kidding. Who's going to say you want to buy a baby for $50 to strangers at a Walmart? That's preposterous," he told Action News reporter Felix Cortez.
The child has been placed in protective custody, while Fousek and Tomasini were booked at the Monterey County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment, attempting to abandon a child and being intoxicated on methamphetamine.
Fousek and Tomasini are expected to be arraigned Friday.
June 25th, 2010, 02:42 AM
Holy CRAP!!!!!! A joke in BAD TASTE. A crime in poor judgement. Whatever, I don't think the girls would have freaked and called the cops if these two twatwaffles were joking.
$25? That's all the baby is worth to you? Yeah, you should not have the child. Find a good family for the baby and senfd these two to jail.
June 25th, 2010, 07:52 AM
June 25th, 2010, 03:12 PM
Meth face bad on mommy.
I would have bought the baby and took her home. Fuck those meth heads, they probably would have forgot they ever had a kid by the next day and i wouldn't abuse the kid.
June 25th, 2010, 03:30 PM
Samantha Tomasini's Facebook Photos
June 26th, 2010, 08:38 AM
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Under heightened courtroom security, two Salinas parents were arraigned Friday in connection with an alleged attempt to sell their 8-month-old daughter.
Patrick Alan Fousek, 38, and Samantha Tomasini, 20, are being held in segregated, lockdown cells at the Monterey County Jail, Fousek after an attack by inmates Thursday night.
Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Richards said inmates in the open dorm where Fousek had been housed jumped him at 10:15p.m. after the details of his charges were reported on television news.
Richards said Fousek was transported to Natividad Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple injuries to his face, and two cracked ribs before being returned to the jail.
Seated apart from other inmates in the courtroom Friday, Fousek's right eye was bruised and badly swollen. He had a cut on the bridge of his nose and stitches in his lip.
Meanwhile, deputies ushered an obviously distressed Tomasini into the courtroom from a closed jury room when the case was called.
Richards said she was housed in a segregated cell when she was booked because the women's dorm was already full.
Court records show Fousek has multiple drug-related convictions, including possession and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
"He's a noted frequent flier with our office," Richards said.
Fousek also has served jail terms for domestic violence and violating restraining orders involving his ex-wife.
In 2006, his young son from that relationship was removed from the Fousek family home on Old Stage Road in Salinas after probation officers conducting a routine search on Patrick Fousek found a methamphetamine lab in the bedroom of his twin brother, David Fousek.
Tomasini served a three-month jail term in 2009 for a 2008 arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was first offered treatment in the "deferred entry of judgment" program, then the Proposition 36 program. She failed both, failing to appear for review hearings and testing positive for marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.
Outside of court Friday, a man who described himself as being close to her family said Tomasini was a "confused" person who'd become acquainted with Fousek about 18 months ago through a drug deal.
He said Tomasini's mother tried to intervene on behalf of her granddaughter. He said the mother recently threatened to report Tomasini to Child Protective Services if Tomasini did not allow her to see the baby by Wednesday. She learned the day of the deadline that her daughter had been arrested for allegedly trying to sell the child.
Tomasini appeared emotionally and physically distressed at Friday's hearing, fidgeting, shaking her head repeatedly and trying to peer around a deputy's shoulder to talk to Fousek.
Richards said the courtroom security measures were designed to prevent such communication. He said he could not discuss any medical care Tomasini may be receiving in the jail, but said jail personnel are trained to deal with the physical symptoms of drug withdrawal.
June 26th, 2010, 07:28 PM
Man accused in baby-selling scheme beaten in jail.
June 30th, 2010, 05:16 AM
Child-protection officials have been deluged with calls from people asking how they can help an 8-month-old girl whose parents allegedly tried to sell her to strangers for $25.
Robert Taniguchi, branch director for Monterey County Family and Children's Services in Salinas, said the baby is being well cared for in a foster home, but he hopes the case will spur callers to volunteer to help other abused and neglected children.
His agency is weighing the selection of a long-term caregiver for the baby girl.
Her grandmother, Vanessa Chobanian, said she hopes the baby will live with her or her sister. The Salinas woman said she is working with Child Protective Services in the best interests of the child, who will be 9 months old Friday.
Chobanian is the mother of Samantha Tomasini, 20, who allegedly sat by as the baby's father, Patrick Fousek, 38, tried to sell the infant to two women in the Salinas Walmart parking lot June 22.
She and her husband, Anthony Chobanian, had major misgivings about Tomasini's relationship with Fousek because of his age and extensive criminal record, she said. But she supported her daughter financially and emotionally when she became pregnant.
She hired a doula — a pregnancy and childbirth assistant — to care for Tomasini and was present when her granddaughter was born.
Under the watchful eye of her mother and great-grandparents, Tomasini and the baby did well for six months, Chobanian said.
"I saw that baby almost every day. She was being well taken care of. Samantha was being a good mother," she said. "That baby was ... chunky and healthy."
But something changed. Tomasini snapped and physically assaulted her mother, Chobanian said. Tomasini and Fousek began keeping the baby away from her, Chobanian said. Chobanian backed off, thinking her grandmother was still being allowed to see the baby.
But a week before the arrest, Chobanian got a call from her grandmother telling her something was not right. Tomasini's house was filthy. The baby was in a soaking wet diaper, and Chobanian's grandmother suspected drug use.
Chobanian began receiving Facebook messages from acquaintances of her daughter, telling her she needed to check on her granddaughter, that the baby could be in danger.
She left messages for her daughter asking to see the baby. The messages were ignored, she said, or responded to by Fousek, who told her to stay away. She sought guidance from a friend who is a social worker and therapist, who urged her to call authorities.
Before she followed his advice, she called her daughter with an ultimatum: Let Chobanian see the baby at the apartment June 23. She would come after work, she said, and if Tomasini and the baby weren't there, she was calling social workers.
Chobanian said her daughter and Fousek responded with vulgar profanities and told her to go ahead and call.
About 24 hours before Chobanian's deadline, said police and prosecutors, the couple tried sell the baby.
"It's just disgusting that they wanted to sell the baby for $25 because they could have just placed the baby with me and they know that," Chobanian said.
Chobanian said she "desperately, desperately" wants the baby, but understands there are complicating factors the county must consider.
When her daughter was a teenager suffering from mental illness, she said, Tomasini made accusations against her mother and great-grandparents. Though the county concluded the claims were false, and returned Tomasini to her care, Chobanian said, the accusations remain in the record.
Her sister has asked for custody of the baby girl, but she lives in New York, a complication for county social workers who must establish a plan for parental visitation if a judge decides it is appropriate.
Taniguchi, of Family and Children's Services, said he could not discuss the details of the case, but acknowledged that placing a child with kin when possible is a priority under state law.
June 30th, 2010, 05:49 AM
Well if they're already gettin a beating, I hope they know whats in store for them in the future.... Lets hope these two scabs dont "expire" too quickly from their beatings. It so nice to know they'll "get whats coming to them"... teehee
August 28th, 2011, 05:41 AM
A Salinas man accused of trying to sell his baby outside a Walmart store last year was sent back to jail Wednesday after prosecutors filed an additional charge of vandalism, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said.
Patrick Fousek, who faces a misdemeanor vandalism charge, was remanded into custody at Wednesday’s hearing, said Rolando Mazariegos, a county deputy district attorney.
Fousek and Samantha Tomasini were arrested on suspicion of trying to sell their then 6-month-old baby outside Walmart on North Davis Road in Salinas. Tomasini pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment on June 29 and was sentenced to four years probation and jail time unless she was able to enroll in a residential drug treatment program.
Fousek’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 3, Mazariegos said. He is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 14. Fousek also has a third misdemeanor case involving allegations of resisting arrest in August 2010.
August 28th, 2011, 08:54 AM
$25.00 for a kid? That's WAY too expensive! Think of all the accessories and maintenance costs associated!
October 25th, 2011, 06:32 PM
A Salinas man accused of exposing his baby to methamphetamine and trying to sell her in a Walmart parking lot was found guilty today of child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. The jury was deadlocked on the charge of using or being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Patrick Fousek was arrested on June 23, 2010, after police went to the apartment he shared with Samantha Tomasini, the baby's mother. The police were responding to a report that Fousek tried to sell their 8-month-old baby to two women for $25. Police found the baby, named "Stormy," rolling around the stinking, squalid apartment in a walker at 12:45 a.m., her parents apparently high on methamphetamine.http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_19189873
Tomasini was arrested with Fousek on June 23, 2010, after police went to their apartment after a report that Fousek tried to sell their 8-month-old baby to two women for $25. They found Stormy rolling around the stinking, squalid apartment in a walker at 12:45 a.m., her parents apparently high on methamphetamine.
Fousek refused to cooperate or be tested for the drug. But Tomasini, who has pleaded guilty, was too high to understand the trouble her and her boyfriend were in, Mazariegos told jurors Friday.
Focused on the fact that social workers had taken their 8-month-old baby into protective custody, she admitted that she and "Pat" smoked methamphetamine in their apartment but claimed it was never in the same room with the baby.
In the videotaped interview, Tomasini also said she breast-fed the baby "in the morning, at night and nap time," but claimed her tainted breastmilk had no negative effect on the infant except to give her "a little gas."
Subpoenaed to testify against her lover in shackles and jail stripes, Tomasini changed her story and said she was using meth, but not Fousek. He had ordered her not to breast-feed the baby when he learned she had resumed the drug use she'd stopped when she was pregnant, she claimed.
Citing testimony of an independent witness, Mazariegos argued Friday that Fousek was aware of the breastfeeding and had exposed Stormy to methamphetamine. He suggested the couple not only smoked, but were manufacturing the drug in their East Romie Lane apartment.
Mazariegos said Fousek's indifference about Tomasini's breastfeeding was akin to giving his baby a "poison bottle" three times a day. He cautioned jurors to remember the case was about child abuse and not the "tragic person" they saw in Tomasini.
Nearly 20 years older than Tomasini, Fousek was "in charge," with a duty to protect his baby that he can't foist off on the mother, Mazariegos said.
"This is just awful. You got to see a person that's ruled by drug addiction," he said of Tomasini. "She's sort of a victim in this, too."
He asked the jury to convict Fousek of felony child endangerment likely to cause great bodily harm, possession of a meth pipe found in the apartment and using or being under the influence of the drug.
But Pettit, the defense attorney, argued that Fousek was kidding in the Walmart parking lot and Stormy was never in any real danger. Police found no drugs in the apartment, he noted, and Fousek fell asleep in the holding cell, hardly the behavior of someone high on methamphetamine, a stimulant.
As for the baby's exposure to the drug, he reasoned that Fousek did not understand the full potential harm to the "obviously ... bright, healthy baby." And he had no control over Tomasini.
"I'm not trying to vilify her, but she is a truly scary individual," he said. "She said she does what she wants when she wants."
He cited a neighbor's testimony that he had seen her slapping and hitting Fousek to the point Fousek had to flee the apartment.
"Let me turn this around a little bit," Pettit said. "What if Patrick Fousek had not been in that household? If Patrick was not there, it would have been a truly dangerous situation."http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_19171044
October 26th, 2011, 07:43 AM
What the jury did not know, and what Judge Pamela Butler will take into consideration when sentencing Patrick Fousek, is that it's not the first time one of his children has been taken from him because of methamphetamine exposure.
In 2006, his young son was removed from the Fousek family home on Old Stage Road in Salinas after probation officers conducting a routine search on Patrick Fousek found a methamphetamine lab in the bedroom of his twin brother, David Fousek.
Prosecutor Rolando Mazariegos said the prior incident is added proof that Fousek was aware of the dangers of exposing 8-month-old Alexandra "Stormy" Fousek to the drug and chose to ignore them. Mazariegos said he will use the 2006 incident to urge Butler to sentence Fousek to the maximum prison term on Nov. 30.
Butler has the discretion of sentencing the 39-year-old Fousek to two, four or six years in prison.
While the verdicts prompted little emotion from Fousek, they left the baby's grandmothers in tears. One, Samantha Tomasini's mother cried tears of joy, the other, Fousek's mother, tears of shame.
"I'm so happy," said Vanessa Chiobanian, who blames Fousek for her daughter's addiction. "It's like his reign of terror is over."
Fousek's mother, who declined to give her name, cried outside the courthouse, remembering how she stayed at home to parent her children, insisting they live off of her husband's military base to shield the children from bad teenage influences she saw there.
"I tried my best for my children. I tried to be the best citizen I can. I don't know what I did wrong," she sobbed. "I'm so ashamed."
She was accompanied throughout the trial and Tuesday by the mother of Fousek's son, who asked not to be named to protect her other child, who is not related to Fousek.
"Sure, I had concerns," about baby Alexandra, she said, saying her ex-husband made poor, unhealthy choices. "I wouldn't leave my son there.
"I believe the actions we take, we have to be accountable at some point. It catches up with you," she added. "It's unfortunate it had to be that way, but it's fortunate for," Alexandra, who has been adopted by another family.
February 21st, 2012, 09:57 AM
A Salinas mother who attempted to sell her baby outside a Walmart store is in legal trouble this week after ditching her court-ordered drug rehab program and failing to show up in court.
Samantha Tomasini, 22, walked out of a San Jose drug rehab facility on Feb. 2 without finishing her treatment program.
A judge revoked her probation and issued a warrant for her arrest.
Tomasini and her 40-year-old boyfriend, Patrick Fousek, were consumed by a vicious addiction to methamphetamine, investigators said.
She tried to commit suicide twice while locked up in the Monterey County Jail, and once she was freed, she quickly began abusing drugs again, prosecutors and friends said.
Fousek was found guilty by a jury of child endangerment and is currently in a state prison serving a six-year sentence.
Their child was taken away by Child Protective Services and is currently living with a foster family.
February 21st, 2012, 10:18 AM
She tried to commit suicide twice, yet she was freed again just to continue her addiction issues... afer she tried to sell her baby at Wlmart for $25? Why do people like this get so many fucking chances?
February 21st, 2012, 10:56 AM
Why do people like this get so many fucking chances?She took her own chance this time by walking away. With her probation revoked, she should end up serving time... unless she takes another chance on that suicide thing. Far more likely to succeed while there are no jailers watching her.
February 21st, 2012, 11:07 AM
If they don't toss this bitch head first into jail then I fear another baby shall be born to this unstable twatwaffle. And she has shown without a doubt that she is a sucky incubator and a sucky parent.
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