King convicted of malicious punishment of a child

Jonathon Avery King, 24, St. Paul, was convicted June 4 in Morrison County District Court of malicious punishment of a child.

On Oct. 9, 2012, the Little Falls Police responded to a 911 call about an infant who was not breathing.

An officer immediately rubbed the baby’s belly and opened his airway and the child began to breathe, although it seemed labored and irregular. He was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

The hospital later called the police and reported the child’s head had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

During an investigation, the police and a social worker learned the child had been cared for by his father, King. He initially denied causing any injuries to the baby, but later admitted he slammed the baby in his crib with enough force to have caused the head trauma.

King was sentenced to 39 days in jail, fined $135 and given five years of probation.

Dismissed against King was one count of malicious punishment of a child. Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said King had been charged with two counts of malicious punishment from the same incident and could only be convicted on one or the other.