- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A 1-year-old boy who died of injuries shortly after being taken to a hospital was severely beaten by his mother’s boyfriend, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.

Lord Pardo, 26, of Uniondale, was ordered held on $20 million bond following his arraignment Tuesday in Nassau County district court on a murder charge in the death of Mason Robinson. Pardo’s attorney, Meir Moza, vehemently denied his client killed the toddler and suggested the injuries were the result of a fall off a bed.

“This was no accident,” countered acting District Attorney Madeline Singas during a news conference at police headquarters. “This baby was severely beaten and those injuries caused his death.”

Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said Pardo was caring for the little boy at his home in the New York City suburbs on Sunday while the child’s mother was working at a supermarket. At some point, Pardo took the child to the supermarket after calling the woman and telling her the baby had been injured.

Mason was taken to nearby North Shore LIJ Syosset Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives arrested Pardo - who came to the United States from Haiti in 2009, according to Krumpter - on Monday morning at his home. Authorities did not elaborate on how the injuries were inflicted, other than to say the toddler had suffered a severe beating.

At the arraignment, Mason’s injuries were described as a lacerated liver and lungs and fractured skull and ribs from multiple blows.

“It’s clear the defendant has no soul, he is truly a monster,” Krumpter said.

Pardo’s attorney said the injuries were the result of a fall, and not from any abuse.

“These allegations are absolutely outrageous, the charges are outrageous,” Moza said in a telephone interview. “I don’t believe my client’s conduct is consistent with any intent to harm.”

He noted that Pardo had also been caring for his 3-week-old daughter from a separate relationship on Sunday afternoon, and that child was not injured.

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This story has been corrected to show that police say the beating happened at the suspect’s home, not his girlfriend’s apartment.


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