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Shasta County DA: Man sentenced to life for torture of infant son

Pappalardo was given the maximum sentence and will be eligible for a parole hearing after serving seven years.

Posted: Oct 18, 2019 8:48 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - One Shasta County man has been sentenced to life in prison for the torture of his infant son.

According to investigators, Michael Salvadore Pappalardo confessed to the mother of his child that he had been pinching, squeezing and pulling on their son for his whole eight-month life.

Officials say Pappalardo described "having an uncontrollable urge to cause their son pain".

Redding Police got an additional confession from the mother, then the child was evaluated for signs of abuse.

The evaluation included a consultation at UC Davis, where officials say there were fractures to the child's ribs and wrist which were difficult to detect due to the child being so young.

Shasta County District Attorney says Pappalardo plead to the charge of torture. During sentencing, the judge said probation was not an option, noting the "extreme vulnerability" of the child and "merciless" actions done.

Pappalardo was given the maximum sentence and will be eligible for a parole hearing after serving seven years.

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