Apple Valley Man Charged in Connection to Death of 13-Day-Old Son Pleads Not Guilty

Michael Anthony Herkal Photo: Dakota County
Michael Anthony Herkal

October 05, 2018 04:00 PM

An Apple Valley man charged in connection to the death of his 13-day-old son pleaded not guilty Friday. 

According to court records, Michael Anthony Herkal pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder.


A criminal complaint states the child had a skull fracture, apnea, hypoxic ischemic brain edema and hemorrhages in addition to bruising "consistent with physical abuse."

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The criminal complaint states the autopsy revealed: "amongst other things, it was determined that (the child) actually suffered from two skull fractures." 

Herkal originally told authorities another child had pulled the infant off the couch on two separate occasions, the complaint states. However, he allegedly later changed his story, and said he was changing the infant's diaper, and the child was kicking; then he squeezed the infant's body.

The complaint states that during a forensic search of Herkal's phone, authorities found Google searches around an hour and 20 minutes before Herkal's 911 call using search terms such as "someone threw a baby on the floor," "baby breathing hard," "noisy baby breathing: what's normal and what's not," "babys butt is blue" and "babys butt is blue s(p)anking."


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