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Michelle Napolitano Gets 20 Years for Hanging Son Upside Down for Days on End

By Pete Kotz in Bad Moms, Child Abuse
Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 6:40 am
A social worker in Uintah County, Utah called police on New Year's Eve to report that Francis and Michelle Napolitano were denying medical care to their 5-year-old boy. The couple claimed they'd taken the boy to a doctor for his badly injured feet...

Husband Francis Napolitano has pleaded not guilty and goes on trial later this month
But when a detective examined them, he reported that they "appeared to [be] the feet of a severe burn victim with open blisters and bleeding sores on them. The skin was [sloughing off] and curling into the air. The toes were in different stages of decomposition but primarily black and shriveled," according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The detective also discovered that mom and dad were lying about ever taking the boy to a doctor, so he and his five siblings were moved to foster care.

In the weeks after being freed from their parents, the kids started to open up about the abuse they faced. Police learned that the boy's injuries came from his mother, who tied him by the legs with a rope, then hung him upside down from a doorway for 3-4 days.

The kid's feet would eventually have to be partially amputated.
Before they knew the extent of the abuse, prosecutors agreed to a plea whereby Michelle would do a year in prison and give up her parental rights. But a judge wasn't going along with this accord. When Michelle pleaded to six various counts of child abuse, the judge lit her up with the max on each count, and ordered her to serve them consecutively, lowering the boom with a 20-year sentence.

Husband Francis Napolitano has pleaded not guilty and will go on trial later this month. (Special thanks to reader Jude for the tip.)

See our last story concerning child abuse:
John Messieri, Accused Child Molester, Gets Decked by Fellow Inmate in Court.

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