On Monday, police rushed to an icy Missouri pond to save an infant floating in murky waters after her father allegedly tried to drown her and then turned himself in to authorities.

Jonathon Zicarelli, 28, reportedly left his daughter floating in freezing water because of holiday stress in an effort to make things easier for his wife, according to charging documents.

According to the Kansas City Star, Zicarelli walked into the Greenwood Police Department and told officers he had just killed his 6-month-old baby girl. Greenwood police Lt. Aaron Fordham said:

“There was no emotion whatsoever.”

At that point, authorities were forced to act hastily in order to save the infant.


Within minutes, officers found the girl face-up and in a state of shock before she was removed from a suburban retention pond about 20 miles outside of Kansas City.

Police Cpl. Tom Calhoun revived the lifeless child through CPR. She had been in the water for more than 10 minutes before he cleared her lungs of water and got her breathing again.

The baby was covered in mud, and there was grass in her mouth. Fordham called her survival:

“A miracle.”

He said:

“There was absolutely someone watching over that child today.”

The baby was brought to a local hospital to be treated for severe hypothermia, and her father was arrested and charged late afternoon.

According to KCTV5, Zicarelli came up with a plan to drown his daughter nearly 24 hours earlier and had walked back and forth between his parked car and the pond three times before putting her in the water to sink before leaving.

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Allegedly, he told investigators he was “stressed” out by the holidays and trying to provide for his family.

Pediatrician Dr. Steve Lauer told KMBC that families that are struggling or depressed by a fussy infant on top of “any outside stresses” should seek help immediately.

Fordham agreed with Dr. Lauer’s advice and said:

“If anyone is in a crisis state or something like that, I would certainly advise that they would seek out help, and there’s a lot of resources out there.”

The 28-year-old was charged with domestic assault and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

According to UNICEF‘s report, violence against children occurs every day because an upset parent fails to maintain their composure and nurture a screaming or unruly child.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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9 Replies to “Police Save 6-Month-Old From Icy Pond After Her Dad Says He Tried to Drown Her Because of Holiday Stress”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Just remember you piece of shit, karma’s a bitch.

    • Patricia Evans 2 years ago

      I totally agree. He is as disgusting as he coul be. I hope he loses his wife over it. POS

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Well I hope when your old and it’s “too stressful” for someone to take care of you, they don’t throw your butt into a freezing lake! You’re a jerk and I hope you rot in jail.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He should be charged with child abuse and attempted murder, not just domestic violence.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He is being charged with domestic assault OMG how about attempted murder .

  • Brenda Ennis 2 years ago

    I think he is sick. Many people who can’t
    have children would take that baby. Wonder where the mother stands in all this. For babies that aren’t aborted, now many of them have to face a sick parent who still wants to snuff them out. Our world has gone nuts.

  • Jess 2 years ago

    It’s very sad that people resort to these acts in times of stress. Thank god the baby will be ok. It was meant to be that she is here.

  • Ginger 2 years ago

    What is wrong with these people? How disgusting that a father would try to kill his infant child. If you don’t believe you can adequately care for the child, take the child to Dept of Family and Children Services to have it placed for adoption. Totally insane that you would put this poor infant through this trauma. You need to serve a long prison sentence to think about your disgusting behavior. That should alleviate your holiday stress.

  • David 2 years ago

    Best answer for this type of stress is IF you can’t deal with a crying baby keep you pants ZIPPED!!!!!

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