King charged with malicious punishment of a child

Jonathon Avery King, 22, Little Falls was changed Dec. 17, in District Court with one felony count each of malicious punishment of a child under 4 years old and malicious punishment of a child causing substantial bodily harm by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

The Little Falls Police responded to a 911 call Oct. 9, regarding a 6-week-old child who was not breathing. When the officer arrived, he responded by rubbing the child’s belly and opening the airway. The child began to breathe, but it was labored and irregular.

The child was transported by ambulance to St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

The hospital later called the police to report a subarachnoid hemorrhage after the child’s head had been scanned. The hospital said this was a sign of possible child abuse.

Based on the trauma to the child’s head, he/she was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

During an investigation, King, the father of the child, said he had been caring for him/her the entire day while the mother was at work.

Allegedly, King initially denied causing any injuries to the baby, but, according to the criminal complaint, he later admitted slamming the child in the crib with enough force to cause the head trauma.

If convicted, King faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.