NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - A Norton Shores man is behind bars facing allegations that he abused his two-month old son, sending the boy to the hospital.
Authorities said that Joseph Michael Krypel II hurt his son Joseph Krypel III -- perhaps by shaking him -- in their Norton Shores home in late December 2011.
Krypel was arraigned on Tuesday on one count of first-degree child abuse, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. His is being held at the Muskegon County Jail on $25,000 cash or surety bond.
Authorities were alerted to the alleged abuse after the baby was taken to Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus emergency room, suffering from dehydration and difficulty breathing, police said.
The baby stopped breathing for a short time. He was in such poor condition that he was taken to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. He spent at least six days in the hospital. As of Jan. 4, his condition was listed as stable, police said.
Medical personnel had contacted Muskegon County Child Protective Services, which then contacted police in the early morning hour s of Dec. 30.
Statements from doctors and other interviews led authorities to believe that Krypel was responsible.
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