Police: Child seriously injured in Rochester incident


Rochester Police Chief Ciminelli says that, after a search warrant was executed at the home on Walnut Street Friday, police arrested the father of the two-year-old who was shot inside the home.

Police say two-year-old Zayden Phillips is currently listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Charles Timothy Phillips, 36, has been arrested and charged with Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

Police say Phillips was arrested after police located a handgun inside the home on Walnut Street.

Chief Ciminelli says police do not believe there is a second suspect.


Police are conducting an investigation on the west side of Rochester regarding an incident that left a child seriously injured Friday.

Officers responded to Walnut Street near Jay Street around noon. Rochester police are tight-lipped about the incident.

“(There’s) not much we can tell you about at this point, but it’s a complicated investigation,” Rochester Police Investigator Frank Camp said. “It is a serious incident involving the serious injury of a child.”

News 8 spoke to Phyllis Green, an aunt of the child who was injured. She said her 2-year-old nephew was shot. The boy’s mother was on a field trip with one of the boy’s siblings, and the boy was home with his father at the time of the incident, according to Green.

“I’m just holding myself down, but I’m going to be here for the family,” Green said.

The child is currently listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Camp said the scene is contained and the public is not in danger. It is unknown if suspects are in custody.

Watch the briefing below:

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