In 2013, 26-year-old Michael Emory was under scrutiny for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from Ottawa County who he met online. When investigators rummaged through his apartment in Alpine Township, they discovered a computer with recorded video of Emory and his girlfriend, 28-year-old Stevie Foehl, taking turns raping a one-year-old baby girl.
Both Foehl and Emory were in Spartanburg, South Carolina, when they were arrested in 2013, but they were transferred back to Kent County for booking.
The family of the victim was notified immediately, but opted not to speak about the rape of their then-one-year-old baby girl. It appear as though the Michigan couple were babysitting the one-year-old victim for a friend when they recorded themselves raping her, according to documents.
Upon their arrest, they attended a court hearing where the couple pleaded guilty to a slew of criminal acts involving child sexual abuse, according to Fox17.
“Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree is one of the more serious crimes. I don’t know how to quantify the horror this child was put through,” said Judge Dennis Lieber.
“To a person, this is the worst, one of the worst [child sex cases] they’ve had to work,” Kent County Undersheriff John Hess said.
During an earlier interview with WOOD TV, Foehl stated that “nothing we did hurt [victim’s name]…physically, but ‘of course it’s not going to make sense to anybody.”
“It doesn’t make sense to me,’ she later added.
Before Foehl’s sentencing, she read a statement during court in which she had written. She began with the following sentence.
“To say I’m remorseful is an understatement. If I could go back and change my actions, I would.”
Emory also spoke in court before his sentencing.
“I’d just like to apologize to the family of the victim. Every day I wake up and wish I could take this back, all I can try to do is make the future better, make things better somehow.”
Despite their criminal charges, Foehl claims that she and her boyfriend are great people.
“He may have made some mistakes but he is who he is, and I hope that one day people can forgive him. I’m a great person and hopefully one day everybody will be able to forgive me, like some people already have.”
Although the Michigan couple both received a life sentenced on Thursday by Judge Dennis Leiber, Foehl must also pay an aggregate of $1,439 to Kent County Sheriff’s Department.
[Image via Fox17]