A father who brutally bashed his 57 day old daughter to death is eligible for parole after serving less than four years behind bars.


Rick Cataldo, 29, was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court today to eight years’ jail for the manslaughter of seven-week-old daughter Lily Rain Cataldo in 2012.

Baby Lily died days after being struck repeatedly on the back by Cataldo on April 29. She was found to have suffered multiple skull fractures, four rib fractures and a “non-accidental” spiral fracture to the right arm.

Justice Debra Mullins said in sentencing that the skull fracture was caused by “one or more blows in the nature of blunt force trauma”, while the rib fractures were from “compression rather than striking” and the fracture to the arm the result of  “the application of a twisting force”.

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