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Baby-shaker sentenced to seven years

Scott Seitz2 • Mar 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

A Norwalk man convicted of breaking the leg of his former live-in girlfriend's infant son was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday in Huron County Commom Pleas Court.

Christoffer M. Mills, 21, formerly of 309 Edwards Road, was living with the girlfriend, her mother and the mother's live-in boyfriend at the time of the July 19 incident. The child was 9 months old.

"The judge told him he could apply for judicial release after five years," Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. "That doesn't mean he's going to give it to him."

Leffler said one of the sentence's stipulations was Mills would receive "very little credit for time already served."

"About one day per month," Leffler said.

Leffler said he was pleased with the sentence.

"I asked for seven or eight years and the judge gave me seven," he said.

"The child is doing well," Leffler added. "The child is still in foster care and doing well."

Mills "lost his temper" and broke the child's leg, Leffler said previously, which required the infant to be hospitalized and wear a cast.

Mills had previously pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss another felonious assault charge and one count of child endangering.

The felonious assault charge is a second-degree felony.

In late July, the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) alleged the infant was abused and neglected. Huron County Juvenile Court records indicate the child was brought to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with broken bones July 19 and three days later, came back with "symptoms of injury."

The boy was transported to Akron Children's Hospital, where Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard interviewed Mills. The sheriff has said Mills was "deceitful" at first, but Mills eventually told him "the child paid the price" for his temper and he injured the boy.

Doctors determined the infant sustained various rib fractures, a tibia "with past and present fractures" and a broken wrist, according to court documents.

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