VERNAL — A Vernal woman was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for hanging her 5-year-old son upside down so long that his toes and parts of his feet had to be amputated. Eighth District Judge A. Lynn Payne sentenced Michele Napolitano, 32, to a total of 20 years on six counts of intentionally inflicting serious injury on a child.
Napolitano was arrested for not seeking medical treatment for serious injuries to the boy’s feet, which eventually required amputation of his toes. Investigators described his wounds similar to those seen on a “severe burn victim with open blisters and bleeding sores.”
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