Father Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Infant’s Death

He pleaded guilty Wednesday.

HASTINGS, Minn.–A Burnsville man who killed his infant son has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Michael Herkal admitted slapping and violently shaking the 13-day-old baby after the child wouldn’t stop crying.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of Anthony Herkal and was sentenced to 290 months in prison.

Police responded to a report of an infant who wasn’t breathing at a residence in Apple Valley on Aug. 12, 2018.

They found the baby without a pulse and turning purple. The infant was hospitalized with a skull fracture and bleeding on his brain. He died two days later.

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