Father pleads not guilty after 2-year-old son shot

Father pleads not guilty after 2-year-old son shot

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By Spectrum News Staff

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester father accused of shooting his two-year old son Friday was arraigned Saturday.

Charles Timothy Phillips, 36, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

The charges stem from Phillips’ arrest Friday after his 2-year-old son Zayden Phillips was found shot at their Walnut Street home. Police say a search warrant turned up a handgun at the home and that no one else but father and son were home at the time of the incident.

Prosecutors are calling this a case of depraved indifference.

“I can tell you endangering the welfare of a child is an ‘A’ misdemeanor,” said prosecutor Sara Van Strydonck. “The charges that are leveled against him right now are significantly higher in that they’re the highest charges you can have that are not homicide. Endangering the welfare of a child, I don’t want to say is only an ‘A’ misdemeanor, but it’s a much lower crime.”

Zayden remains hospitalized at Strong Memorial Hospital where he’s listed in guarded condition.