Norwalk man convicted of breaking infant's leg

Victim is former live-in girlfriend's 9-month-old son.
Cary Ashby
Jan 8, 2013

A Norwalk man was convicted Monday of breaking the leg of his former live-in girlfriend's infant son.

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.

"He had certain responsibilities for the child," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

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

The defendant conferred briefly with his attorney, John Allton, before agreeing to the brief set of facts Leffler presented to Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway. Allton said his client disagreed with the prosecutor's use of the word "rage," but otherwise, Mills thought the prosecutor's statement was accurate.

"He is willing to admit he injured the child that day ... willingly, not knowingly," Allton said.

At Monday's hearing, Mills 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.

Mills exhaled deeply before signing the plea agreement paperwork with his attorney.

The hearing was scheduled to address Allton's motion to hire an expert witness. Conway said during that discussion, the attorneys began hashing out a plea deal.

In early November, Mills turned down an unspecified plea deal with Leffler. The prosecutor had said if the case had gone to trial Jan. 29 and Mills were convicted at the conclusion, he would have recommended a sentence "in excess of 10 years" in prison.

Mills now faces two to eight years in prison on the felonious assault charge, a second-degree felony, when he is sentenced Feb. 28.

"The state would argue for a seven- or eight-year sentence at the time of sentencing," Leffler told the judge Monday.

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.

The child remains in the temporary custody of HCDJFS and is in foster care. His parents have been granted supervised but separate visitation.

A further disposition hearing in juvenile court will be held next month.

Mills remains in the Huron County Jail, unable to post a $100,000 bond.

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HUMAN GARBAGE

starryeyes83

Is this the one where the birther who didn't know the baby had had factures before? If, so she is human excrement , too.

God people like this should not even be allowed to breathe let alone procreate. Disgusting.

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Yes this is the one that "didn't know"...although as a mother myself...I am not sure how you could NOT know your toddler has MULTIPLE fractures. Changing a diaper must have been H e ! ! for the child. Someone tried to defend her and say she wasn't taught what to look for, she didn't know the signs of abuse.

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There is no way ...maybe I should have stated it as "claimed" ..yeah right, I do recall as I was being pretty harsh on the thing who gave birth to the baby.
in the older articles.

Anybody else having trouble with the cursor on here?

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Rumors and information spread quickly in prisons and jails. Once this scumbag gets tagged as a baby beater, he is toast. Probably wont make it a year without getting shizzanked or severely beaten repeatedly.

Get Facts Straight

When will these stupid women realize that it's always the boyfriend? These so called "men" have no stake or interest in their child at all. Stop leaving your babies in the care of these low lifes...it will always end up in tragedy like this.

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They won't get any smarter not when there are drugs and booze involved and they think with their hoohas. No drug addict or drunk ever made a good parent.

This problem will only worsen in this country.

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@ Yareustupid... Then maybe you should read - where did I say I read the older articles? I usually only skim the headlines. ... the very fact she covered for him makes her just as guilty :)

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I have never felt it necessary to comment on an article but I set up an account specifically for this one. First of all, I hope that guy gets what he deserves. Secondly, any decent mother would notice that their child was suffering and I'm not taking about taking the kid to the hospital once when this injury was discovered. I'm talking about the prior fractures, the rib injuries... all of it should have been noticed. It is pathetic that this child was neglected and I don't understand why the mother is not being held just as responsibile as this monster. We are suffering from an epidemic of IDIOT mothers! I was a young mom, there is no excuse in the world that could possibly justify any of this. When you become a mom it doesn't matter what you want, who you want, all that matters is that you are responsible for another life. Responsible for protecting them and making sure they get all the need. This woman has failed, end of story. I will not be back to take your rebuttals, to listen to anyone tell me not to judge or that I have skeletons in my closet. I dont. I am not perfect but I am a mom and my children always have and always will take top priority in my life. God help us.

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