Child molester inmate dies after choking on hot dog
Article Launched: 01/04/2008 12:56:33 PM PST
ATWATER, Calif.—Prison officials say a convicted child molester and kidnapper died last month after choking on a hot dog.
Forty-five-year-old Frederick Fretz was serving a 20-year sentence at the federal penitentiary in Atwater.
Prison spokesman Jesse Gonzalez says medics tried to remove the hot dog from Fretz's throat before taking him to a Merced hospital. He was pronounced dead on Dec. 19.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, Fretz pleaded guilty in 2005 to kidnapping an 11-year-old boy from Marion County, Fla.
Frederick Fretz committed his crime in Florida during January 1995. For three days he held an 11 year boy, Adam Kirkirt. Fretz, a convicted child molester, was living with Aadm and his father, Ivert Kirkirt.
The elder Kirkirt and Fretz had served time in the Marion County Jail together. Fretz was doing time for domestic battery and possession of marijuana. Kirkirt was in for a probation violation. Kirkirt was unaware that Fretz had been convicted in Pennsyvania in 1991 on two felonies and one misdemeanor the sexual assault of a 10-year old boy. He served five years and was set free.
Adam was rescued unharmed and was returned to his father. Mr. Kirkirt then returned Adam to the safer custody of his now ex-wife. The father said, "If you've got kids, don't trust them with anybody. Keep them by your side."
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