Escanaba Couple Plead Guilty to Torture and Child Abuse

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U.P._News_UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)An Upper Peninsula woman and her boyfriend have admitted torturing her teenage son for four years.

Susan Bardo, 46, of Escanaba pleaded guilty Thursday to torture and first-degree child abuse in Delta County Circuit Court.  Bardo’s boyfriend, Carl Pellinen, 47, pleaded guilty to abusing her son and no contest to sexually abusing the teen.

Both face up to life in prison.  The couple were arrested in April after officials removed Bardo’s 15-year-old son from their home in Escanaba.

Police found the teen living upstairs in an 8-by-10-foot room made from tarps. They say he was rarely allowed to leave the room.  The teen is now under the care of Child Protective Services.

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