Colorado dad charged with trying to kill son in icy creek

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Colorado dad charged with trying to kill son in icy creek

A Colorado father has been arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly tried to kill his 5-year-old son by dumping him in frigid waters in Denver last week.

Michael Ninomiya, 42, and his son were pulled out from the frigid waters of a fenced-off drainage culvert along the High Line Canal on the Cherry Creek Trail on January 12. Both were hospitalized after their rescue, with the child listed in critical condition, according to an affidavit, obtained by Fox 31.

Two days later, the Denver Police Department tweeted a crime alert seeking information from the public as to how the boy received his life-threatening injuries. Ninomiya was arrested on Wednesday.

Ninomiya confessed that he tried to kill his son in interviews with police officers.

He told cops that he pulled his son into the water and physically assaulted him to a point where he was unsure whether the boy was still breathing, according to charging documents.

He said he then began hurting himself “to make it look like an accident” before he decided to call for help.

The boy’s mother told police that Ninomiya and the child had left to go on an “adventure” that morning, but became concerned when it grew dark and they hadn’t returned.

The boy remains hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in critical condition due to fluctuating pressure in his brain, police told Fox News

The High Line Canal on the Cherry Creek Trail.
Ninomiya and his son were pulled out from the frigid waters of a fenced-off drainage culvert along the High Line Canal on the Cherry Creek Trail.
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Records show that Ninomiya has a history of mental health treatment and was diagnosed with schizophrenia while he was in his 20s. 

He’s charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder of a victim under 12, and attempted child abuse that would knowingly or recklessly cause death.

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