GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A mother of two accused of sexually assaulting an infant says she is "sorry" for her role in the crime.
Stevie Foehl, 27, and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Michael Emory, each face multiple charges after allegedly videotaping each other as they sexually assaulted a 1-year-old girl in Alpine Township.
Authorities say the alleged victim is the daughter of someone the suspects know, and that the suspects may have been babysitting the girl at the time of the alleged assaults.
"I'm a great person and hopefully one day everybody will be able to forgive me, like some people already have," Foehl said. "I don't know. It happened."
Detectives found the video at the couple's Alpine Township York Creek Apartment home as they investigated another alleged crime.
Foehl declined to discuss any possible explanation for the crime.
"Probably not," she answered when asked whether there was an explanation. "Not one that should be on the news," she continued.
She said it was a bad idea but didn't know why she allowed it to continue.
"l don't know what happened. It just happened," Foehl said.
Foehl said the allegations levied by authorities are worse than what actually happened. While admitting to sexual assault, she insists it didn't go as far as Kent County detectives have said.
"The news has that wrong," she said. "Nothing we did hurt her. Nothing physically hurt her," Foehl said, admitting that the girl probably suffered emotional trauma. She said the sexual assault did not involve penetration, as authorities claim, but would not say what the video depicts.
"Of course it's not going to make sense to anybody. It doesn't even make sense to me."
Foehl said she is fully prepared for the punishment that likely awaits her.
"I'm assuming we're both going to go to prison and I understand that. I've come to terms with that. If that happens, then that happens. And we're gonna deal with it," Foehl said.
"God can only save us."
Given an opportunity to address her victim, Foehl's message was short. "Just that I'm sorry."
24 Hour News 8 also scheduled time to speak with Foehl's co-defendant, Michael Emory, but he declined to answer questions.
"It's hard to explain myself while I'm in here," Emory said moments before walking away from the interview.
"He's 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.
Foehl and Emory face the possibility of life in prison. They were extradited to Michigan last week after being captured out of state.
Foehl did not know whether she planned to plead guilty or not. She said she has not spoken with her attorney.
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