Authorities said Herkal gave varying stories about how the child was injured, at first blaming his toddler son, claiming the older child pulled the newborn off the sofa. Later, while giving a statement at the Apple Valley Police Department, Herkal changed his story, claiming that the baby has slipped while he was changing the baby's diaper.
The complaint said that a forensic examination of Herkal's cellphone found the following Google searches:
- "Someone threw a baby on the floor"
- "Baby breathing hard"
- "Noisy baby breathing: What's normal and what's not"
- "Babys butt is blue"
- "Babys butt is blue s[p]anking"
Herkal is being held at the Dakota County Jail. If the baby dies, Herkal could face murder charges, KARE11 reported.