Winston-Salem, NC-- In March of 2011 police started investigating a man for assaulting a 2 year-old while she was in hospital.
Detectives said Jacob Andrew Minton had a relationship with the child's mother and attacked the toddler who was still hooked up to machines.
According to police, the girl was heavily sedated and in the care of Brenner's Children's Hospital when she was viciously and repeatedly assaulted for almost least five hours. Police allege that Minton punched, choked and contorted. Officers said a respiration tube being used to supply air to the victim was purposefully collapsed.
More than a year later, he has pleaded guilty to the assault. Wednesday, Jacob Minton pled guilty to 11 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder and 4 counts of Assault on a Handicap Person.
Judge Todd Burke sentenced Minton to two consecutive sentences, each of which ranged from 157 months to 198 months, in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
Authorities were advised that at the time the assault occurred, Jacob Minton was the boyfriend of the victim's mother.
The girl is continuing to recover from her injuries, police said.
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