Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dad pleads no contest to nearly killing 2-month-old son (Muskegon, Michigan)

Dad is identified as JOSEPH MICHAEL KRYPEL II.

Norton Shores dad pleads no contest to shaking, nearly killing baby

By John S. Hausman on March 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

MUSKEGON, MI – Joseph Michael Krypel II faces years in prison after pleading no contest to first-degree child abuse for severely shaking and nearly killing his 2-month-old son.

Krypel, 26, of Norton Shores pleaded as charged Thursday, March 28, to the charge. Muskegon County 14h Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks agreed to cap his minimum sentence at three years in prison. The maximum sentence is set by law at 15 years. Sentencing was scheduled for April 29.

Norton Shores police said Krypel injured little Joseph Michael Krypel III early Dec. 30, 2011, in their home in the 3200 block of Victoria Street. The baby at one point stopped breathing, police said. Muskegon County Child Protective Services, alerted by medical personnel at Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus, called police around 5:30 a.m.

The baby had been taken to Hackley's emergency room with reported dehydration and difficulty breathing, police said. The boy's condition was so severe that he was transported to a Spectrum hospital in Grand Rapids.

Based on doctors' statements and other interviews, the father was charged.