Michael Herkal

(Meredith) – A man in Minnesota has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after killing his own 13-day-old son.

According to KHOU, Michael Herkal, 33, pleaded guilty to second degree murder. The incident began on August 12, 2018, when authorities arrived at Herkal’s home and found the infant without a pulse and not breathing.

The child was rushed to a nearby hospital where it was determined he suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain before dying.

Investigators said the child’s mother told police that she left Herkal alone with the baby. Herkal said he dropped his son on the coffee table during a diaper change, and also slapped and shook the baby.

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