Florida father charged with stuffing wipes in baby's throat

Posted at 10:56 AM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 14:58:45-04

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida father is facing attempted first-degree murder charges after his 5-month-old son was found with wipes stuffed in his throat.

Authorities in Tarpon Springs, Florida say the baby is in critical condition on a ventilator in a hospital.

The child's 32-year-old father, Michael Hurley, was being held in jail after bail was set Thursday for $500,000.

Jail records didn't show any plea being entered.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Hurley was at home alone with the baby when the boy's mother arrived to find Hurley holding the baby with his fingers down his throat saying he was trying to grab something but "his fingers were too big."

Hurley told investigators it was a "freak accident" and he couldn't remember what happened.