Utah boy may lose feet—-parents arrested
Written by Janet
One of the worse cases of child abuse seen in Utah. A Vernal couple dismissed their young son’s worsening medical condition for so long that portions of his feet may have to be amputated. The parents, Francis D. Napolitano, 53, and his wife, Michelle Napolitano, 33, each face one count of second-degree felony child abuse, according to 8th District Court documents.
Earlier this month, Uintah County Sheriff’s Detective Leonard Isaacson, filed probable cause statements stemming from a Dec. 31 visit to the Napolitano’s Uintah County home by deputies acting on a state Division of Child and Family Services caseworker’s complaint that the boy was not receiving proper medical care.
Isaacson said that both Francis Napolitano, the boy’s stepfather, and the child’s mother, Michelle Napolitano, claimed they had taken the 5-year-old to a local clinic a week earlier after he complained of itching on one of his feet. The doctor, they said, had “warmed” the foot and sent them home with Benadryl, an antihistamine often prescribed for allergies.
When the parents gave Isaacson permission to look at the boy’s feet, they were in worse condition than imagined. Both feet looked like they had been elasticized, and they looked like they had belonged to a burn victim, having open blisters and bleeding sores. The skin was peeling off and curling into the air. The toes were in stages of decomposition, the deputy said in the statement.
The detective also contacted the clinic mentioned, and found there was no record of the boy being seen there, or even treated. The child was taken to Ashley Valley Regional Medical Center, where Isaacson said a physician told him the boy would have to be taken to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City — and that he may need amputation of damaged areas of his feet.
The boy’s condition couldn’t be determined. Michelle Napolitano first told Isaacson, at first insisted the boy had been treated, but later acknowledged he had not; that she had actually called a sister she claimed worked as a nurse, and that she had told the mother on the phone to “watch for infection.
Both Napolitanos were arrested, booked into Uintah County Jail and released on Jan. 1 after posting $5,000 bail bonds, booking records show.
Isaacson said the case has been turned over to the Uintah County Attorney’s Office. No court dates had been set as of Tuesday.