HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The suspect in the death of a 19-month-old boy on Long Island appeared before a judge Tuesday in the case.
Lord Pardo, 26, of Uniondale, was arrested Monday in connection with the child's death, police in Nassau County said. He pleaded not guilty.
Pardo is accused of killing Mason Robinson, of New Cassel, police said. The boy was pronounced dead Sunday at a hospital.
The cause of the death has not been released. The criminal complaint alleges Robinson suffered injuries to his lungs and skull, as well as lacerations to his liver.
Pardo's lawyer claims that Robinson injured himself by falling while jumping on a bed.
The district attorney and police commissioner contested that.
"It is clear that the defendant has no soul. He is truly a monster," acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said.
Nassau County DA Madeline Singas called the child's death "no accident."
Pardo faces one count of second-degree murder. He is being held on $20 million bail, $10 million cash.