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Man Sentenced For Trying To Sell Baby Outside Walmart

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SALINAS (AP) — A Monterey County man convicted of trying to sell his baby outside a Walmart is heading to prison for six years.

Patrick Fousek and Samantha Tomasini were arrested in June 2010 after witnesses reported that they were offering their 8-month-old daughter for $25.

During the trial, Fousek’s lawyer argued that the incident was a misunderstanding and that his client was never serious about selling the baby. Prosecutors said the couple were regular methamphetamine users and appeared high when they were arrested.

Fousek was convicted in October of child endangerment and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The judge gave him the maximum sentence of six years Wednesday.

Tomasini previously pleaded no contest to child endangerment and was sentenced to four years’ probation and placement in a drug treatment program.

The child has since been adopted.

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