GREENWOOD, Mo. — Source close to the family of the little girl whose father attempted to drown her in Greenwood pond Monday told FOX4 the baby is fine.
According to that source, the baby had no water in her lungs or ears when she was recovered. The baby remains in the hospital because she has been spiking a fever.
Doctors have told the family they want the baby to be fever-free for 24-hours before they can send her home. The family now says they will focus on supporting the baby, the mom, and the baby’s father Jonathan Zicarelli.
The source added that they love and support the father who faces one count of first-degree domestic assault.
Zicarelli went to the Greenwood Police Department just after 10 a.m. Monday, stating he had just killed his child by drowning her in a pond by the soccer fields on Doc Henry Road.
Officers rushed to the pond to find the infant girl in an icy pond, floating face up.
An officer entered the water, retrieved the child and requested EMS. The child had mud in her eyes, grass and water in her mouth and was barely moving, according to court records.
Zicarelli stated in an interview with Jackson County deputies he planned to kill his baby for over 24 hours after having what he described as “bad thoughts.”
Court documents say he confessed he drove to the pond, parked his car, walked down to the pond three separate times trying to determine if he could kill the child before placing the baby in the water and watching the child sink before leaving.
Zicarelli said he made the decision because he wanted to make it easier on his wife. He said he was stressed out due to the holiday and trying to provide for the family.
Court records say when the child was found, her body temperature registered at 87.9 degrees Fahrenheit. A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the probable cause statement, the child had been in the water for more than 10 minutes before an officer arrived.
Prosecutors have requested a $500,00 cash bond for Zicarelli.