A former police chief confessed to assaulting a handcuffed man in a Missouri police station. The victim was accused of trying to drown his own infant daughter in an icy pond.

Greenwood residents have rallied in support of Greg Hallgrimson after he went on administrative leave, stepped down from the top police job, and pleaded guilty in federal court on July 28. They displayed posters across the town, promising to “stand with chief Hallgrimson.”

Hallgrimson was charged with one count of violating victim Jonathon Zicarelli’s civil rights back in 2019. Prosecutors alleged the police chief pushed the handcuffed suspect to the ground, punched Zicarelli in the face and said, “You deserve to die” according to the Daily Mail.

The remarks came shortly after the police chief retrieved the 6-month-old’s body from a freezing pond where the suspect allegedly left her to die.

Hallgrimson and other officers confirmed the unconscious infant floated face up in the water, and her lungs were full of water. Further investigation revealed she was submerged for nearly 10 minutes.

Hallgrimson and fellow officers quickly retrieved the baby and kept her warm until paramedics arrived. The infant was transported to hospital and treated for severe hypothermia.

The former chief’s defense attorney, Robin Fowler, revealed the guilty plea is the next step in resolving the case and letting his client “move forward with his life.”

“[Hallgrimson] believes that the plea terms are fair, and hopes they will be given consideration by the court,” he said in a statement obtained by the Kansas City Star.

Zicarelli blames “bad thoughts” for prompting him to plan his baby daughter’s death. The father claimed he wanted to make things easier for his wife, and relieve stress from the holidays and burden of caring for the family.

Zicarelli was still detained at Jackson County jail for alleged domestic assault and child abuse at the time of publication.

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