Records show the child's mother was issued an order of protection against Summers earlier this month, after he threatened to kill her and their young child. But Summers was granted visitations, supervised by a relative.
"The mother was trying to provide safety for herself and her child by obtaining a restraining order to keep him away," said Pat Kelly, of Mecklenburg County's Victim's Assistance.
It's unclear how Summers obtained his daughter on Sunday.
Both are recovering in the hospital.
Summers will face attempted murder and child abuse charges.