Parolee charged with torturing 5-year-old

Posted: 16th June 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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SANTA ANA – A Placentia man has been charged with beating, stabbing and torturing a 5-year-old boy who was being cared for by the man’s girlfriend, including burning the youngster with a cigarette, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Carmen William Iacullo II, 33, was charged earlier in the week with felony counts of torture, child abuse and corporal injury on a child, plus sentencing enhancements for causing serious injury. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his arraignment.

Iacullo, who has convictions for battery in 2006, child abuse in 2002 and possession of methamphetamine for sale in 2003, faces a potential sentence of life in prison if convicted.

His girlfriend, Lori Louisa Pincus, 39, also of Placentia, was charged with child abuse and accessory after the fact. Prosecutors allege that she allowed the torture to take place and protected Iacullo.

If convicted, Pincus faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison. She is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending her arraignment.

Prosecutors allege that Iacullo, who had been living with Pincus for three months, beat the 5-year-old boy frequently during the first week of June with his fists and a wooden kitchen utensil, burned him on the chest with cigarettes and a lighter, and stabbed him with scissors or pliers, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors declined to reveal the child’s relationship to Pincus to protect his identity.

Iacullo also picked up the boy and dropped him to the ground, causing multiple injuries, including a black eye, according to prosecutors.

Pincus is accused of failing to call the police to report the abuse, failing to seek medical attention for the boy’s injuries, and intentionally not sending the boy to school so that school personnel would not become suspicious of his injuries, according to prosecutors.

Pincus also ordered the boy to hide under the bed when Placentia police came to the home June 8 to arrest Iacullo for a parole violation for drug paraphernalia, prosecutors said.

When Pincus left the 5-year-old alone for several hours when she went to visit Iacullo in the Santa Ana Police Department jail June 9, the boy wandered out of the house to a gas station, according to the news release. An acquaintance of Pincus then saw the boy alone and stopped to offer assistance, prosecutors said. Upon seeing the boy’s black eye, the friend called Placentia police, who investigated this case.

The boy was placed in protective custody. Pincus was arrested later June 9. Iacullo was already in custody on the parole violation.

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