Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Beating Man Who Tried To Drown Baby


A now-former Greenwood police chief pleaded guilty Wednesday for beating a man who tried to drown a baby girl in an icy pond in 2018.

Investigators believe that Jonathon Stephen Zicarelli’s six-month-old daughter 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.

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

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