Winston-Salem, NC -- Police in Winston-Salem charged a Wilkes County man with attempted murder of a child Sunday morning.
Officers were called to Brenner Children's Hospital just after 7:30 a.m. in reference to a child abuse investigation. Police said a 2-year-old girl was attacked while receiving treatment at the hospital.
Jacob Andrew Minton, 26, of Shingle Gap Road in Millers Creek was arrested by Winston-Salem police and charged with attempted first degree murder.
Police later said he is the boyfriend of the victim's mother.
The child is reported to be in stable condition at the hospital.
Minton was placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $400,000 bond. Police said he is not related to the child.
Wake Forest Baptist Hospital released a statement Monday afternoon clarifying the attack was not a random attack.
Our hearts go out to the child who was the victim of this senseless act and to the child's family. Our primary focus at this time is the continued care and safety of the child.
This was not a random act. Information released by the Winston-Salem Police Department clarifies that the man who was arrested was a friend of the patient's mother and was visiting the child with the mother's permission.
Patient safety is at the forefront of our minds at all times. A violent incident like this one is obviously very disturbing to our staff of committed caregivers. Our approach to safety is proactive and continuous. We have many policies and procedures in place -- as well as a well-trained security staff -- to protect our patients. We will be conducting a thorough review of this incident to ensure that we're doing absolutely everything within our power to protect our patients.
We intend to honor the wishes and privacy of the family during this difficult time and ask that the media contact the Winston-Salem Police Department for further information since this is an ongoing criminal investigation.
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