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LOS ANGELES — A 39-year-old US man has been jailed for six years for allegedly trying to sell his eight-month old baby daughter for $25 outside a Walmart store in California, reports said Thursday.

Patrick Fousek, who was allegedly on drugs at the time, was sentenced Wednesday after a judge refused his lawyers’ appeal for probation, according to the Salinas Californian.

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Fousek and the baby’s mother, Samantha Tomasini, were arrested in June 2010 when two women reported the couple trying to sell their daughter outside a Walmart store in Salinas, south of San Francisco.

“I’m very, very remorseful — I wish I didn’t have this problem,” Fousek said in court, according to the newspaper. “I’m asking the court to consider probation, so I can go home.”

But Monterey County judge Pamela Butler sentenced him to the maximum six year term for child endangerment.

The baby has since been given up for adoption, and it wasn’t the first time Fousek had had a child taken away from him, said prosecutor Rolando Mazariegos.

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In 2006 his then three-year-old son was taken away after the home Fousek shared with his brother was found to contain items consistent to making methamphetamine, the newspaper reported.

“He lost that child and he still never got the message,” it cited Mazariegos as saying.

Fousek’s lawyer Michael Pettit said Fousek never intended to sell the baby, while acknowledging it was a serious case.

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The baby’s mother, Tomasini, pleaded no contest to child endangerment in May, and was given four years probation and ordered to undergo a residential drug-treatment program.

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