This Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to reflect upon and recognize the positive contributions our dads have had on our lives. Unfortunately, however, not all of us have been blessed with exemplary fathers. One particularly deplorable Minnesota dad is now facing felony child abuse charges, after allegations came to light that he rubbed irritants in the eyes of his 2-month-old daughter, and then tried to blame it on his 3-year-old son.
The Twin Cities – Pioneer Press reports 31-year-old Shawn Foltz of Moorhead was charged Friday with neglect of a child, malicious punishment of a child, and two counts of third-degree assault. The criminal complaint claims Foltz rubbed hot sauce and cayenne peppers in his daughter’s eyes, blocked her airway until she turned blue, hit her with a wooden spoon, sprayed hot water in her face, snapped her with a towel, and threw firecrackers at her.
Police became aware of Foltz’ alleged abuse, after the child’s mother brought her to a nearby emergency room. Officers noticed bruises over both the infant’s eyes, and red marks and bruises on her back and shoulder. When questioned, the mother said the injuries occurred while her children were in the care of their father, and were the result of her 3-year-old son hitting his sister with a toy gun.
According to local radio station KFGO, Foltz later admitted under questioning that he caused the injuries. He said he was frustrated with the baby’s crying and would think of ways to harm her while at work. The abuse occurred from April 10 to May 30, nearly the entirety of the child’s short life so far. Foltz is being held in the Clay County Jail on $100,000 bail.
[Photo: Clay County Jail]