Sources: Video Places Suspect Near Child At Time Of Attack

5:04 AM, Mar 30, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Winston-Salem police continue their investigation into the nearly fatal attack of a toddler at Brenner Children's Hospital.

Sources confirmed to WFMY News 2 on Tuesday that there is video that places Jacob Minton in the hospital near the victim at the time of the attack.

We do not know the details of the video.

It started Saturday when the toddler was airlifted from Wilkes County to the hospital after her skull was fractured. Winston-Salem Police Captain David Clayton said her skull injuries weren't originally being investigated as child abuse.

The attack at the hospital happened around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Investigators said the 2-year-old's mother was sleeping in her room when Jacob Andrew Minton, 26, attacked the girl several times.

Milton was later identified as the boyfriend of the girl's mother.

"The assaults were so serious, it elevated the crime from just an assault to attempted first degree murder because we believe that was the intent of Minton to kill this child," said Clayton.

The girl was seriously injured, but Clayton said she is stable condtion as of Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators are now looking into the original head injury as child abuse.

The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into the head injury.  Sheriff Chris Shew said they interviewed  the two-year-old's mother Tuesday.

The sheriff said the child experienced seizures Saturday at her home before she went to the hospital. Doctors discovered the skull fracture and airlifted the girl to Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem.

"Fortunately, this is a case where the suspect is in custody," explained Shew. "That allows us to slow down and stay better focused on this case."

Joyce Minton lives next door to the two-year-old's mother. She is not related to the suspect.

She said she's still trying to make sense of it all. "I was shocked more shocked because I've seen him around the kids and he says he loves them and her kids. In front of everybody else he's good to them," she stated.

Wake Forest Baptist Hospital released a statement Monday clarifying the attack was not random and Minton was visiting the child with the mother's permission.

Minton was in court Tuesday morning for a first appearance.  The judge kept his bond at $400,000.  He was given a court appointed attorney.  His next court date is set for April 15th.  

WFMY News 2

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