In an exclusive interview with WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids, Stevie Foehl, who is accused of filming her boyfriend raping an infant and sexually assaulting the child herself, says she is a "great person."
According to authorities, Foehl, 27, and Michael Emory, 23, are accused of videotaping each other sexually assaulting a one-year-old child last October in an apartment they had shared in Alpine Township, Mich.
Fox 17 reports that Emory and Foehl fled their apartment in the middle of the night when investigators in nearby Ottawa County investigated a complaint that Emory had sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl he met and coerced through Craigslist.
Foehl and Emory moved to Spartanburg, S.C. They were arrested in August after a joint investigation with South Carolina authorities and the FBI and extradited to Michigan. When investigators received a warrant and seized a computer belonging to Emory, they found the disturbing video, which allegedly shows the assault of a one-year-old girl by both Foehl and Emory. Authorities say that the couple could possibly have been babysitting the child.
Reporter Leon Hendrix of WOOD TV 8 interviewed Foehl, who is described as a mother of two, behind bars in Kent County. She and Emory are each being held on $1 million bond and could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison for the assorted charges.
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Foehl did not deny her involvement in the incident, but said that the information in news reports about the assault was incorrect.
"Nothing we did hurt her," she says in the video. "Nothing physically hurt her," Foehl said. "Of course it's not going to make sense to anybody," she added. "It doesn't make sense to me."
She said that her boyfriend, Emory, is a great person. "He may have made some mistakes but he is who he is, and I hope that one day people can forgive him," Foehl said.
She said the same thing about herself.
"I'm a great person and hopefully one day everybody will be able to forgive me, like some people already have," Foehl said.
To her victim, she simply said, "Just that I'm sorry."
Read more about this story at WOOD TV 8.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.