Rochester man charged with assault in a shooting that injured his son

Oct 21, 2017

Rochester Police have charged a city man with assault after his 2-year- old child was found shot, just before noon on Friday.

Chief Michael Ciminelli says that police responded to 24 Walnut Street on the west side, and found the child, Zayden Phillips, with an apparent gunshot wound. Zayden was taken to Strong Hospital where he was listed in guarded condition.

During a search of the house, police found a handgun and charged the boy’s father, 36 year old Charles Phillips with 1st degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree. On Saturday, Phillips entered a not guilty plea and was ordered held without bail.

Police have not yet said if they think the shooting was accidental or intentional. They say the investigation is still very active.