Patrick Alan Fousek, who was arrested with his wife for trying to sell their 8-month-old baby for $25 in a Wal-Mart parking lot, was attacked by fellow inmates inside a Monterey County Jail Thursday night. Fousek was left with multiple injuries to his face and broken ribs.
Fousek and Samantha Tomasini were arraigned in court on Friday amidst heightened security.
According to the San Jose Mercury News: Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Richards said inmates in the open dorm where Fousek had been housed jumped him at 10:15 p.m. after the details of his charges were reported on television news.
Richards said the man 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.
In the courtroom Friday, Fousek had a cut on the bridge of his nose and stitches in his lip, and his right eye was bruised and badly swollen.
Deputies ushered an obviously distressed Tomasini into the courtroom from a closed jury room when the case was called.