Father charged with attempted murder of his toddler

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David Andrew Batchelor

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A father has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of his 1-year-old.

David Andrew Batchelor, 28, faces several charges, including attempted first-degree murder, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 520 Sound Side Drive in southern New Hanover County late Thursday night, for a domestic incident involving a 1-year-old child with lacerations.

Upon arrival deputies immediately called for EMS and the child was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries.
The 1-year-old went through several surgeries through the night and is in critical care.

Sheriffs detectives ultimately arrested Batchelor, the father of the one year old, through their investigation, Brewer said.

Batchelor is additionally charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and felony child abuse serious injury. He is booked at the New Hanover County Detention Facility under $2.5 million dollar bond.