HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — 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.