Father sentenced to 24 years in prison for infant’s death

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.

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