WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The Wilmington Police Department is investigating after a child was injured in a shooting Monday night.
According to a news release from the WPD, officers responded to a call at New Hanover Regional Medical Center around 10 p.m. involving a young child. An initial investigation revealed that the victim had been struck once in the arm after a gun was discharged.
Levander Bernard Boney, 31, was taken into custody at the hospital and charged with child abuse/neglect resulting in serious bodily injury and carrying a concealed weapon.
During Boney’s first appearance before a judge Tuesday, prosecutors said the 18- month old had been airlifted to Chapel Hill to be treated for their injuries and would make a full recovery.
“By the grace of God, she’s gonna be fine, so that’s the very good news. We’re gonna do everything we can to make sure that we send a message that our children need special protection and when something like this occurs, we treat it very seriously in the criminal justice system,” said DA Ben David. “This is very rare, fortunately, to see a child injured that’s this young, but it just shows you bullets don’t care.”
Authorities are unable to release Boney’s relationship to the victim, or how the gun went off.
A judge set Boney’s bond at $150,000. Leaders say more charges could be possible as the investigation continues.
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