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Father pleads not-guilty in connection to shooting that seriously injured 2-year-old

Mug shot of Charles Phillips. (Provided photo, MCSO)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The father arrested in connection to a shooting that seriously injured his 2-year-old son pleaded not-guilty in court Saturday.

36-year-old Charles Timothy Phillips is charged with first degree assault and second degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting of 2-year-old Zayden Phillips on Walnut Street Friday.

Phillips is currently being held without bail due to two past felony convictions.

“It's a horrific thing. Nobody wants to see a child hurt,” said Sara Vanstrydonck, Child Abuse Bureau Chief and Assistant District Attorney.

As far as what happened inside the Walnut Street home Friday, that information is still limited.

At a press conference Friday, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli did not speculate what led to the shooting, but did say the father and son were the only two people inside the home at the time.

The Police Chief called the investigation very active.

Zayden is listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

“Right now the family is really broken,” said Zayden’s grandmother Rachel Wilson. “Oh Lord Jesus, I don't really know what to say. Right now we're just trying to deal with the pain. And we ask all you for your prayers please, thank you.”

“Obviously when a child is hurt in our community,” Vanstrydonck said, “You see an incredible community outrage. You see communities really rallying behind the child and family and to get them support.”

Phillips was released from prison in April 2016 for a previous attempted robbery conviction in Monroe County.

13WHAM will provide updates as they become available.

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