Police Chief Resigns After Allegedly Beating Man Who Tried To Drown Baby Girl

Former Greenwood Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson is accused of beating a suspect who had just tried to drown his own baby.

Greenwood, MO – The police chief of Greenwood resigned on May 29 amidst accusations he had brutally beaten a man who had just tried to drown his own baby girl.

The incident occurred on Dec. 29, 2018 after 29-year-old Jonathon Stephen Zicarelli showed up at the Greenwood Police Department and made a confession.

He told officers that he had tried to drown his six-month-old daughter in an icy retention pond, the Kansas City Star reported.

Greenwood Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson and another officer raced to the pond the man had indicated and found the baby girl floating face up, unconscious.

They pulled her from the water, undressed her, and wrapped her up in the police chief’s shirt to warm her, the Kansas City Star reported.

Then they took lifesaving measures as they waited for medics to arrive.

The baby was transported to the hospital and treated for severe hypothermia, among other injuries, the Kansas City Star reported.

It was estimated that the baby had been in the water for about 10 minutes and her survival has been called a miracle.

Afterwards, the chief went back to the police station and placed the baby’s father under arrest, the Kansas City Star reported.

Zicarelli’s attorney has alleged that Chief Hallgrimson used excessive force when he was arresting her client.

Susan Dill told the Kansas City Star that there is bodycam from another officer that showed the police chief grabbed Zicarelli by the throat, threw him to the floor, and punched him in the face.

Dill said that Chief Hallgrimson sat on Zicarelli’s chest and told the father “You deserve to die” as he beat him.

She said the police chief had to be pulled off Zicarelli to end the assault.

Dill said her client had suffered injuries to his face and jaw, the Kansas City Star reported.

The bodycam video has not been released to the public and the attorney’s account of the incident has not been confirmed, the Kansas City Star reported.

Dill said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had visited her client in his jail cell to explore a possible criminal civil rights violation.

Chief Hallgrimson has been on administrative leave since the incident, but he has not been charged in connection with the incident thus far, the Kansas City Star reported.

Zicarelli has pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic assault and abuse or neglect of a child and is scheduled for trial in December.

Court documents showed that he told police that he had planned to kill his six-month-old daughter for more than 24 hours after he had “bad thoughts,” the Kansas City Star reported.

Zicarelli told officers that he was stressed out by the holidays and trying to support his family, and that he was trying to make things easier for his wife by killing their baby.

Dill has said that her client was suffering from mental health problems when he tried to drown his daughter, the Kansas City Star reported.

The city of Greenwood released a statement online that said the suburb of about 5,000 people’s police department, located 20 miles southeast of Kansas City, would continue under the leadership of Acting Police Chief Lamont Tatum.

The statement wished former Chief Hallgrimson well and said an application process for his replacement would begin soon.

Hallgrimson’s severance agreement with the city showed that he would be receiving a check for $6,500 from Greenwood, the Kansas City Star reported.

Residents of Greenwood were dismayed by the turn of events and have put on a very public show of support for their former police chief with yard signs and banners.

There is also a GoFundMe account set up to help with his legal fees.

Comments (110)
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Volusiagirl 1
Volusiagirl 1

What a damn shame.... he only did what 100% of everyone else would have done.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

What Zicarelli needs is an excessive ass whipping. He is the lowest of the low, bar none. Put his worthless ass in that pond next winter. What is wrong with these people? 😠

Bstn
Bstn

Chief definetly has PTSD!!!, you can only see this kind of stuff for so long until you snap and react!! Ive wanted to beat a many child abuser, only thing to have kept me from doing just that is by the grace of God my real brain kicks in and stops me...So Chief did what so many want to do but Im suspecting Chiefs PTSD is that much more than the rest of ours!!

1215
1215

I think the chief deserves a raise! I know according to the law the chief stepped out of boundaries "a little". But as a human being, he was way too easy on him. Most people with a gun would have shot him and been done with it. I'm sure anyone that picked that baby up our of the water would have to be held back from hurting that man....well, at least any decent human being.

Ah1iviyah
Ah1iviyah

The "man", "monster", came on of his own, confessed to his crime, even telling them where he'd left the baby! It was confirmed! The baby, Praise be to God, was able to be saved. Finding a child like that would trigger ANY normal human being! You would have to be heartless for it not to! I think the Chief used GREAT restraint when arresting this guy who had just thought he had killed his own little, defenseless baby! He didn't hurt him like he deserved to be hurt! The "laws" in this country are totally backwards, in that they are more on the side of the criminals! Imo, if anyone confesses to a crime, there should be no "not guilty" plea! That makes NO SENSE! And, using an insanity defense should be done away with completely! They either did it or they didn't...PERIOD! If they confess, in front of two or three witnesses, and it is found the way they confessed, as in this case, case closed! Take them in front of a "Judge Roy Bean" and String them up! So, I salute this Chief! You are a human with a heart and you controlled yourself nicely!

Georgealbert
Georgealbert

Give the chief a raise and a commendation...anyone tries to murder his baby deserves what he gets

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I hope Daddy gets jail time. They'll finish what should have been done in the first place.

njbud
njbud

I don't think any jury would convict him . . .

Da$
Da$

If anyone had a mental defense, it's the chief!

tottenbrian
tottenbrian

That Chief is a man among men! May God's Blessings be upon him! As for this "father" and the feckless attorney who represents him, may God's mercy be on your pitiful souls ...

Janken
Janken

Funny how a man that tried to kill his baby is the good guy. How terrible that this man is in trouble. This is wrong. It's a miracle this man who is a coward trying to kill a baby is Alive. He should have been shot

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Sometimes you pay a price for doing what you feel is the right thing. Sort of like fighting the bully at school. You may be suspended for fighting, but it was worth it. You know you did what YOU had to do. Good luck to him, he did what any of us would want to do.

GMMiller
GMMiller

I'd say he got off easy.

Mitzer
Mitzer

Did I not read that the father obviously knew he was in the wrong and turned himself in and that was the only reason the little baby is alive. The chief is in the wrong. I know what he saw was horrible but how many fathers these days that try to kill their babies actually stop themselves and run to turn themselves in. He is the only one I've ever heard of. The chief should have done his job and let justice take charge.

tkshields
tkshields

and why is this guys wife getting a free ticket to ride she to is complicit in this crime

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder how a jury would see this? Most people would certainly be able to empathize with the Chief's response, I would think.

Mrdan
Mrdan

He said he was trying to make things easier on his wife by drowning his infant child .he should have jump in the lake & drown it would have saved the tax payers money & his family would be better off w/o him

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

The chief should plead that beating that POS was due to an "irresistible impulse" over which he had no control. This reminded me of a friend of mine who was in Homicide/Sex, a plum assignment considered a great step for promotion, who requested to be returned to Patrol. I asked him why he did it and he said, "If I had to listen to one more dirtbag confess to splitting open a baby in a sexual assault, I'd have leaped across the table and ripped his heart out." Given the amount of cruelty and depravity cops have to deal with, it's small wonder they sometimes "lose it".

Budman2082
Budman2082

The only justice is "street justice". You certainly don't get in in the courts.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Great job Chief!!

Hey snowflakes maybe one day you will realize that this is what’s needed to control the vicious animal in humans!!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Hey Mitzer Really??? HE LEFT HER TO DIE IN THE POND!!!!! Wtf????

Gee I am not familiar with the study you quote in reference to ALL THE OTHER FATHERS THAT TURN THEMSELVES IN

You need to see the dark side of mankind up close and personal in real time and not be a Monday Morning Quarterback!

Sailor
Sailor

Chief did what any parent would have liked to do to this perpetrator. Am happy to donate to his GoFundMe fund.

NomonK
NomonK

This is when I wished we lived in the 1800's in an eye for an eye time. There is a law called Justified Homicide, this should be Justified Beating the Crap out of Someone.

tfort
tfort

He is a lesson all cops need to learn. You chant break the law. It’s that simple. Comply with the law!

The man was mentally ill , obviously. Now the taxpayer are going to be on the hook for this thug’s actions, plus if he goes to prison (which he should) we all pay for his “stay”

gfc1963
gfc1963

How can any lawyer defend that POS? She is going on about her client and the injuries he has received. Put him in jail and lets see what the other inmates do to him. I hope the Chief gets his job back.

Superman1968
Superman1968

I hope they don't do anything to the chief. I know his pain of seeing this stuff day in and day out. It really gets to you when you see this. Then the courts just pat them on the back and say dont do it again.

AmyHaupert
AmyHaupert

This is how it should be. Perhaps these bizarre people would be eliminated. We spend entirely too much time defending these wackjobs. Well done Chief!

Pack
Pack

He should have received a pay raise!

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

He's done what the majority of us have wanted to do. The fact is, the majority of us haven't done it. I feel bad for him but he lost control. Many of us have sat across from murderers and molesters and not reacted in this manner. Had the scum put up resistance it may have been a different story. We aren't the executioners. We don't dole out punishment.

Marxest
Marxest

This a horrific and tragic situation. Former Chief Hallgrimson is a good man and a dedicated police Chief. I wish he hadn't let his emotions get over him like that, but I can certainly understand it. It's terrible that the chief has to resign for something like this. I wish him the best hope that he can enlist in another LEO agency and the baby girl a speedy recovery and to be placed in a loving home. I have nothing to say for the girls "father".

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

The ass###e needs a beating everyday! I hope his cellmates reminde him every single day!

djvd
djvd

The cameras should have been turned off. The SOB "victim" should have disappeared and lawyers that defend the grossest and vile amongst us will suffer in hell. Ok .. I'm NOT anywhere near PC, but I believe in equal justice for vile acts and ridding our population of vermin. It's a good thing I'm not a cop .. lol

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

2 Evils Don't Make a Right.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Dill has said that her client (Zicarelli ) was suffering from mental health problems when he tried to drown his daughter, >> Amazing how this is always the Defence <<

Chief Greg Hallgrimson ~ Sir I have to admit I would have done the same -- however -- we all know you will lose your Job and Pension and this POS will get the Ghetto Lotty and walk away -- I'm sorry Sir you did what most any decent human being would do -- These Animals need to be put down !! God Bless Sir !

Les H
Les H

I believe the defense attorneys need to get a good beating also. Maybe it's just me, but I think defense attorneys who stand up for trash like this man needs to suffer some sort of a penalty, I know I know equal justice under the law.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

LEO's see the most vile of society, but there is one that once in a while gets to your emotions and this is what you want to do. I don't blame him one bit, but you have to maintain control over your emotions, regardless of the situation(s). It's kind of like being in a shootout with a subject and after you (won), you change from officer to caregiver by applying aid until the The Thin Red Line shows up. It's all in out training. It's part of being a cop. It's why we are called the Thin Blue Line.

Lane Crawley
Lane Crawley

No matter what happens to the Chief charge the babys father with Criminal Attempt to Murder his child! Once that SOB is Convicted the Chiefs future may be better. Nothing the Chief did should prevent the father from going to prison if this story is true.

AttorneyGal
AttorneyGal

Why??? I would have killed the bastard too! This Sheriff deserves a raise!!

AttorneyGal
AttorneyGal

This murdering bastard needs to be 'dispatched' long before trial. Take out the trash! The cop deserves a medal, we need to find out what prosecutor saw fit to bring charges!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The police didn't do the medical transport themselves in this case?!?!? That sickens me almost as much as what the perp did.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

State Attorney's Office should be ashamed of themselves to even considering bring forth charges to the Chief. Nothing worse than the state protecting sub-human criminals and punishing those having to deal with them!!!

JDS
JDS

They should build a statue of the Chief & put it up in the middle of town! And then give him his job back, with a raise!

Baxter12
Baxter12

Why in the world are they protecting the damn criminal? That poor innocent baby was defenseless!!!! Lets just do this Susan Dill can take her sorry ass out to that pond where that baby laid in ice water for ten minutes and the man she’s “protecting” can hold her sorry ass under water then maybe just maybe she might think twice about saving his sorry ass.....no insanity deal either for this POS!!!!

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

The man was in jail. He should not be aloud to sue anyone.

Azzi
Azzi

How about next time instead of attempted murder to "try and help your family" you do us all a solid and use a form of contraception.

Dogman1947
Dogman1947

His actions are understandable but cannot be condoned. The suspect may have mental issues something that has to be considered based on the circumstances. Unfortunate situation all the way around. The former Chief realized he was wrong, and resigned.

Edleeds
Edleeds

The chief deserves a medal and the father of the poor baby needs to burn in hell and his attorney should join him , it’s sad that the father of this dispicable act is said to have rights well where was the babies rights !!! When the father was killing her

redpill
redpill

I wonder if it will be "leaked" to the rest of the population in jail what this POS did to his daughter? What shame it would be if'n dat was ta happen...

61mouse
61mouse

pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic assault and abuse or neglect of a child ...

Didn't he come in the station saying he just tried to kill his child

61mouse
61mouse

Why was body cam on in the station?