An 18-year-old Wilmington man has been charged with multiple assault charges, kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.
Michael Hutton was arrested Friday night and charged with assault on a female and assault inflicting serious bodily injury in an incident reported at 9:30 p.m. at 76 Northwood Drive, according to Samantha Dooies, assistant to District Attorney Ben David.
Hutton was released under a $6,000 secured bond on the original charges but was re-arrested after additional charges were filed Tuesday.
Hutton has also been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation, Dooies said.
The victim in the case is a 17-year-old girl, according to Wilmington Police Department Cpl. Leslie Irving. (Port City Daily does not publish victims’ names.)
According to warrants, Hutton is accused of striking the victim with a closed fist repeatedly in the head and assaulting her numerous other times by striking her in the head, which caused brain swelling that required surgery and sedation.
At the time the warrant was obtained, the victim was in critical condition. New Hanover Regional Medical Center Spokeswoman Carolyn Fisher said the victim’s condition has been upgraded to fair.
The assault caused the victim “serious internal damage to the brain,” warrants state.
During his first court appearance in New Hanover County District Court on Tuesday, District Judge Becky Blackmore gave Hutton a $1 million secured bond.
If Hutton were to post the $1 million bond, he would be required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, Blackmore ordered.