NC man gets at least 26 years for toddler attack

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- A Wilkes County man has been sentenced to at least 26 years in prison for trying to kill a toddler in a Winston-Salem hospital last year.
 
Twenty-eight-year-old Jacob Andrew Minton pleaded guilty in Winston-Salem on Wednesday to 11 counts of attempted first degree murder and four counts of assault on a handicapped person.
 
Defense attorney Clara Smith says Minton was so impaired by drugs and traumatized by his own sexual abuse as a child that he doesn't remember trying to kill his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.
 
The attack happened at Brenner Children's Hospital on March 27, 2011.
 
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin says a video camera in the girl's room captured Minton hitting and punching the girl, twisting her leg and pinching her nose and airway tube.   

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