Warrants: Boyfriend Tried To Suffocate Toddler

9:15 AM, Mar 30, 2011   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Arrest warrants filed by Winston-Salem police give more detail about what investigators said happened in a Brenner Children's Hospital patient room.

The warrants released Wednesday morning accuse Jacob Minton, 26, of pinching the two-year-old's nose and covering her mouth to prevent her from breathing. It also accuses Minton of hitting the girl in the head several times and "finger-jabbing" her in the stomach.

Minton, from Wilkes County, was arrested Sunday after he was accused of attacking his girlfriend's child who was in Brenner Children's Hospital for treatment of a fractured skull. The girl was airlifted to the hospital Saturday. The skull injury wasn't initially investigated as child abuse.

Sources confirmed to WFMY News 2 on Tuesday that there is video that places Jacob Minton in the hospital near the girl at the time of the attack. We don't know the details of the video.

Minton was charged with attempted first degree murder. Winston-Salem Police Captain David Clayton said the assaults were so serious it elevated the crime from an assault because detectives believe Minton was trying to kill the girl. He had his first court appearance Tuesday and was assigned a court attorney. He remains in jail with a $400,000 bond.

The girl's mother is not charged. Wilkes County Sheriff's Office said they interviewed the mother Tuesday. Investigators said she was sleeping in the child's room when the attack happened.

Wake Forest Baptist Hospital said there wasn't anything they could do to prevent the attack from happening because Minton was invited into the room by the child's mother.

WFMY News 2

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