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Former police chief pleads guilty to assaulting man who attempted to drown baby

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Greenwood, Missouri Police Department

The former police chief for the Greenwood, Missouri Police Department has plead guilty to assaulting a suspect who reportedly attempted to drown his 6-month-old daughter in an icy river.

51-year-old Greg Hallgrimson plead guilty to the charges stemming from an incident in 2018  on Wednesday.

According to the report, Jonathon Zicarelli walked into the police station in 2018 and reported that he tried to drown his daughter and left her in an icy pond. Deputies including Halligrimson responded to the location to find the young child unconscious floating face up in the pond.

Despite the child’s lungs being filled with water, deputies were able to revive the child and keep her warm until paramedics arrived.

The child was then taken to an area hospital where she was treated for severe hypothermia.

Hallgrimson then returned to the police station where he threw Zicarelli, who was handcuffed at the time, to the ground, punched him and told him “You deserve to die.”

The Chief was placed on administrative leave but resigned in May 2019 after being charged with one count of violation of civil rights.

Zicarelli remains in Jackson County jail on pending felony charges of domestic assault and child abuse.