Murder charges have been filed against an Apple Valley father accused of killing his 13-day-old son. Michael Anthony Herkal, 32, was originally charged Aug. 14 with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. His son, Anthony Herkal, was on life support at the time, but died later the same day.
An infant boy has died two days after his Apple Valley father was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Michael Anthony Herkal, 32, told police his 2-year-old son had twice pulled the 13-day-old boy off a couch, according to an Apple Valley police narrative. Police say Herkal then said he had squeezed the squirming infant while changing his diaper and that the boy slipped out of his hands and onto a coffee table. A review of Herkal’s cell phone showed he had made several Google searches about 80 minutes before calling 911 on Sunday.