WILMINGTON — A 28-year-old father stands charged in the attempted murder of his 1-year-old son, who was stabbed with a kitchen knife, New Hanover County authorities said. The man, who has ties to Sampson County, is behind bars on several felony charges and a $2.5 million bond as the child remains in critical condition.
David Andrew Batchelor, 28, of 520 Soundside Drive, Wilmington, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. According to New Hanover Detention Center records, Batchelor was arrested early Dec. 23 following the incident the previous day at the family’s residence on Soundside Drive.
Batchelor is from Sampson County, where he attended Union High School, graduating in 2006. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J., in 2009, according to previous reports in the Independent.
New Hanover Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer provided arrest warrants to the Independent that detailed a horrific attack on the 1-year-old boy. The warrants state that Batchelor stabbed his son in the stomach and through the spinal cord Dec. 22, causing internal organs to spill out.
Warrants say the attack caused “loss of spleen and kidney function,” resulting in “permanent and protracted loss and impairment of any mental and emotional function” for the boy. The baby has been in critical care following several surgeries, other news outlets reported late last week.
Batchelor is in the New Hanover Detention Center under $2.5 million bond. His next court date is this Friday, Jan. 6.
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