Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Physically Abusing Impaired Infant at Family’s Southampton Home

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SOUTHAMPTON, NJ –

A 36-year-old in-home medical caregiver taking care of a young girl inside her family Southampton home has pled guilty to physically abusing the developmentally impaired infant.

Edmondo DiPaolo, of Daniels Avenue in Pemberton Township, admitted his guilt in exchange for a 23-year sentence in New Jersey state prison, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office reported.

According to a statement released by the prosecutor’s office, DiPaolo broke the victim’s femur while changing her diaper in March 2020.

“Because of her condition, she was unable to swallow. The investigation further revealed that DiPaolo forced water into her mouth, as well as a small stuffed animal,” Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw said. “The victim, who was 16 at the time, has since passed away from causes unrelated to the abuse.”

Bradshaw noted the child had a neurological disorder and was immobile.

“She was also partially blind, unable to speak, and received food and medication through tubes,” she added. “The investigation began after family members contacted law enforcement upon discovering an injury to her leg. DiPaolo worked at the residence for seven months as an employee of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Inc.”