New Charges Filed Against Apple Valley Man after Infant Autopsy Results Released

Michael Anthony Herkal Photo: Dakota County
Michael Anthony Herkal

August 24, 2018 09:29 AM

The Dakota County Attorney's office has filed additional charges against an Apple Valley man in the death of his 13-day-old son.

The attorney's office had initially filed a first-degree assault charge against 32-year-old Michael Anthony Herkal but said it was waiting for the autopsy results for further charges. 

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Those new charges were filed Wednesday, 11 days after the child's death. Herkal is charged with three counts of second-degree murder without intent and while committing a felony. 

RELATED: Apple Valley Man Facing Charges after Infant Dies from Injuries

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

The updated 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 Herkel'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."

Herkal's bail was set at $1 million with conditions and $750,000 without conditions. 

Herkal's next court date is slated for Oct. 5. 

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