A Moorhead man is accused of rubbing hot sauce and cayenne pepper in the eyes of his 2-month-old daughter and keeping her from breathing until she turned blue.
On Wednesday, May 31st, the Moorhead Police Department was called to Essentia Health in Fargo for a case of suspected child abuse. A two-month old baby had been taken to the emergency room by her mother.
Police say the baby had dark purple bruising covering both her eyes, a large area of red coloration on her back, small purple bruising on the left shoulder and a small red mark on the baby's chest below the chin.
The baby's mother told police that the child was in her father's, Shawn Michael Foltz's care the night on May 30th. Around 7:30 Tuesday night, the mother received a text message from Foltz with a picture of the baby. The picture showed the baby had red, swollen eyes and was foaming at the mouth. Court documents say that Foltz told the mother that the baby didn't look as bad as what the pictures looked and that the baby was fine.
Foltz told police that he was trying to feed the baby but she was moving around fussing and he was having a hard time getting the bib under the baby's chin so he put all of his fingers on her chest and pushed down hard which caused red marks on the baby's chest. He also told police that when he was trying to feed the baby and the bottle of milk spilled onto a towel. Foltz became frustrated and told police he used the towel to "snap" the baby five times in her face. Foltz told police that he originally blamed his son because he felt his wife would leave him for what he had done to the baby.
Foltz also told police that he had been doing things to the baby for the past month in a half such as putting hot sauce and cayenne pepper in her mouth, nose and eyes. He would also pinch the baby behind her legs and feet while he was changing her in order to get her to cry. Foltz told police he would also pinch her nose and hold her mouth closed, blocking her airway. Court documents say Foltz threw a small firework at the baby's face and head while his three year old son was in the room. Foltz told police while at work her would think of ways to harm the baby.
Foltz is facing charges including 3rd degree assault, neglect of endangerment of a child and malicious punishment of a child.