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      Escanaba couple pleads guilty in child torture case

      Carl Pellinen

      Update 7:45 p.m.

      Shackled and handcuffed, 46-year-old Susan Marie Bardo and 47-year-old Carl James Pellinen entered the Delta County Circuit courtroom Thursday to enter pleas stemming from the confinement and torture of Bardo's teenage son.

      Susan Bardo pled guilty to Child Abuse in the First Degree and she pled guilty to Torture.

      In a separate appearance on Thursday, Carl Pellinen pled no contest to Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree, and he also pled guilty to Child Abuse in the First Degree.

      Escanaba Public Safety say the 15-year-old boy was kept inside the couple's home for four years.

      According to court records, the child was held captive in an upstairs room of a home located at 1525 North 20th Street in Escanaba, where both Bardo and Pellinen lived with the boy. Bardo and Pellinen admitted in open court that the child rarely left the room, was given limited meals, was tortured and abused.

      The child was removed by officers on April 11 after they discovered him during a well being check.

      Susan Bardo will be back in Delta County Circuit Court for sentencing on August 13. Carl Pellinen will be sentenced on August19.

      Both face life in prison.

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      Original Story

      Susan Marie Bardo entered two guilty pleas Thursday morning to charges of the confinement and torture of her 15-year-old son. He was staying in a room lined with tarps at Bardo's Escanaba residence.

      Bardo pled guilty to Child Abuse in the 1st Degree and Torture in Delta County Circuit Court shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday morning. The guilty pleas each carry a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.

      The pleas are in connection with the abuse, torture and confinement of a 15-year old boy over the course of several years. The boy was confined in an upstairs room of Bardo's home, which she shared with the other defendant in the case, Carl James Pellinen.

      In addition to being held captive in a room with covered windows for 22 hours per day, the boy was also taped to a chair for several months and given a limited number of meals per day. The child was told that if he went outside, he would be picked up by the police and taken to a terrible place. He was also told that someone would shoot him.

      The other defendant in the case, Carl Pellinen, will appear in Delta County Circuit Court later Thursday.