Chief Faces Possible Charges Of Excessive Force With Man Who Tried Downing Baby

Greenwood Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.

Greenwood, MO – Federal investigators are working to determine whether or not the Greenwood police chief used excessive force against a man who told police he tried to drown his six-month-old daughter in a pond in December.

Investigators believe that 28-year-old Jonathon Stephen Zicarelli’s child had been in the water for approximately 10 minutes before he went to the Greenwood Police Department on Dec. 17, 2018, and flatly confessed to her murder, The Kansas City Star reported.

“There was no emotion whatsoever,” Greenwood Police Lieutenant Aaron Fordham recalled, adding that Zicarelli was positive that the little girl was dead.

Greenwood Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson and Corporal Tom Calhoun immediately rushed out to the icy pond, where they spotted the unconscious baby floating face-up in the water.

Still clad in his uniform, boots, and vest, Cpl. Calhoun waded into the thigh-deep water until he reached her lifeless body.

Her lungs were filled with water, and her wide-open eyes were black and muddy, he said.

Cpl. Calhoun rushed the little girl to the shore, where they cleared grass and water from her mouth.

They began administering CPR on the bank, and the baby miraculously began breathing again just moments later.

They took off her wet clothing and swaddled her in Chief Hallgrimson’s shirt until emergency medical personnel arrived to take her to the hospital.

“There was someone watching over that child today,” Lt. Fordham told The Kansas City Star at the time.

She was treated for severe hypothermia, but was in stable condition later that afternoon, he said.

Zicarelli later told investigators that in the 24 hours prior to the attack, he went down to the water three times to build up the nerve to drown his daughter, according to court documents.

He said he was stressed by the demands of the holiday season, and that he wanted to make life easier for his wife, all of which led to him having “bad thoughts.”

Zicarelli was arrested for first-degree assault, and remains in jail on $500,000 bond.

Federal investigators met with him there on Friday, his attorney, Tom Porto, told The Kansas City Star.

“I can confirm that the FBI was at the Jackson County jail on Friday investigating a possible criminal civil rights violation committed against Mr. Zicarelli by the Police Chief of Greenwood,” Porto said.

He did not provide details regarding how Chief Hallgrimson allegedly violated the attempted murderer’s civil rights.

Chief Hallgrimson was placed on administrative leave by the Greenwood Board of Aldermen on Dec. 26, 2018.

The city refused to disclose a reason for his suspension, and said it was a personnel matter, The Kansas City Star reported.

His attorney has told him not to discuss the case at this time, Chief Hallgrimson told the paper on Monday.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) assistance per a 2015 memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement, she said.

“The MOU that we have was triggered on this case,” Peters Baker confirmed. “The MOU is when we have use of force incidents in order to review that we all notify each and then figure out what is the right path and who has the better case, if there is a case and who should proceed. Everybody is doing a review.”

The investigation is ongoing, and she has not been presented with a case for possible criminal charges, she said.

The FBI is staying tight-lipped regarding the investigation.

“We have been in contact with the relevant law enforcement agencies, however we neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation,” FBI spokesperson Bridget Patton told The Kansas City Star.

Comments (24)
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NanaBinTX
NanaBinTX

Bring the chief back!!!! He should have stomped that man in the head!!!!!

Cdavis57
Cdavis57

Anyone who wants and tries to kill an innocent baby is not human nor should be treated like they are Bring the chief back!

JBo
JBo

They need to give the chief a medal so big that it takes a wheel barrow to haul it around.

Ruger71
Ruger71

There is no such thing as excessive force when it comes to child murders or child sex offenders! Give the Chief a raise and a promotion!!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Imagine if this would-be murderer resided in NY or VA - where they are making or will make infanticide legal! LEOS are driven to protect the innocents, and that goes double for children and infants. I would look the other way while they are arresting the guilty party (as long as they don't need my assistance), so that I could honestly say that I didn't see any excessive force.

Danimyl
Danimyl

I hope that once more details are disclosed as to how the Chief violated this P.O.S's civil rights that Blue Lives Matter prints them

Bellabrewer
Bellabrewer

Bring back the Chief, praise the officers for saving the baby, and publicity hang the father for attempted murder.

JDS
JDS

If he's still alive, what is the problem?

Magnolia5733
Magnolia5733

If that were my grandchild, they would not need a prosecutor, nor the worthless FBI. They would need a coroner.

Thomcat
Thomcat

God Bless the Chief and the other officer for saving that child's life. He is nothing but a HERO in my eyes and deserves nothing but praise!!

amtexas
amtexas

That Chief you're not being any trouble this man was a piece of crap!he still alive isn't he that's all that matters what you did to that baby no matter what was done to him is not enough

Paulamc1969
Paulamc1969

Fbi talks about that pos legal rights. What about that poor babies legal rights. Her right to life. She tried killing her and taking hwr right to life away. That pos dont deserve nor should he have any rights. That chief saved that baby and that is what should matter. He will have his butt kicked in jail once those inmates find out what he did

Sargejh
Sargejh

I feel sorry for some really great FBI agents I worked with over my career. Their leadership and credibility over the last 3-5 years has gone to hell. Today, I would not go to them with anything. Sad

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Trying to drown a baby. As long as he made it to the Station alive that's what counts. An adult/parent instincts kick in to protect babies and children. I don't care what race, creed, color, religion or job position.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

While this murderer (the baby was dead when the officers pulled her from the pond) deserves to be put under the prison, I believe that the other writer is correct; inmates in the prison may well administer punishment that others are afraid to do! There is occasionally a form of justice inside prison.

Budman2082
Budman2082

That's OK Chief, I would of done the samething. Only mistake you made was letting the guy live long enough to call a lawyer.

NickyJ
NickyJ

What an asshole. Just put a bullet between his eyes.

BlueLady
BlueLady

Was there any brain damage noted,? Who has custody of the child? His statement about making life easier for his wife, makes me wonder if she may have somehow convinced him to do it.

militans Deo
militans Deo

I'm guessing that is his booking photo. Looks just fine to me. Maybe he banged his head against the wall and said the chief did something, wouldn't be the first time someone has done that.

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

Don't wanna say what this former EMT Mom would've done. I'll tell you he wouldn't be able to utter the words "excessive force"! Being the chief back and give that man a medal!

Cops kid
Cops kid

This is exactly why my dad wouldn't allow me to be a cop. Prayers to the baby and praise to the chief.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

If the chief did something in view of the wrong people, with video rolling, of course the left wing leadership of the FBI is going to pounce on him. Sounds like this occurred in the station, not at the scene, which is almost ALWAYS Investigated by the Feds.