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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Yarepeoplesostupid

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ROFLMAO

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Jessiemoore912

Ok dont you people have better things to do than bag on about this stuff. It is very easy to not know about injuries when a baby dont cry. Ok I have seen this baby since he was born and you know what everytime i was out there he did not cry. okay I have known him since he was born and i claim him as my nephew okay and i will stand by him forever. But with you guys on here bagging on people when you dont even know the whole situation that doesnt do anything for my nephew. And one more thing the mother that you are bagging on i would trust her with my babies so you need to back off because you dont know her side of the story. so back off! yes you just mad one chick mad and I dont put up with people bagging on my family expecially my one year old nephew. SO BACK OFF!

ROFLMAO

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ROFLMAO

you are obviously trash too. stay together, you deserve each other.

citizen4change

Yarepeoplesostupid. < your scream name fits you perfectly. If you really think this mother did NOT know that her child was injured then you in fact are stupid. As a father of 2 i know exactly what is wrong with my children at all times. Thats part of being a parent. This woman should have been held just as responsible for this childs injuries as the worthless POS Mills. Plain and simple and there isn't anything you can tell me that would change my mind. He will end up paying for it once he gets to his final destination. He will end up being someones play thing. And the mother should be right along side of him.

ROFLMAO

agree 100%.

Yarepeoplesostupid

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citizen4change

Yarepeoplesostupid, you should NEVER be aloud to see that child again. YOu are either the momma or some relation to the child that should've been SMART enough to figure out what was going on. Please don't have anymore children and subject them to the neglect that this child suffered. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

Bob420

Oh and you will be the next one on my list to get sued if you don't quit slandering my sister on here,act your age already!!!

SaraMac

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Bob420

Yes actually I do have a great one,he had years of experience!!!your just mad cause I outted you maybe you should learn to keep your mouth shut then!! Just a thought

SaraMac

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Jessiemoore912

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ROFLMAO

shocker... threats of violence. I'm pretty sure that in and of itself is a crime. Better think before you type, with your real name.

Jessiemoore912

ROTFLMAO- IF IT WAS YOUR SIS N NEPHEW AND SOMEONE WAS TRASHING THEM YOU WOULD BE DOING THE SAME THING IM DOING. SO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK OUT OF THAT BIG PIE WHOLE. GOODBYE

ROFLMAO

100% Garbage

Jessiemoore912

U calling me 100% garbage u know what u all need to get a life ok. Leave me n my sis n nephew alone. U think u can just bag on Ppl just because they are down well u know what saramac I know who u r u better not start anything cuz yeah ik ur history. Lets bag on her behind her hack but be friendly in person. Totally what a grandmother should do to the lil boy. He deserves better than u n u know what he has better. Peace out

Jessiemoore912

I'm sorry where were u saramac? How come u didn't see any marks on him oh wait u weren't in ur grandsons life just like his so called daddy. My bad

SaraMac

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Bob420

Why don't you go teach your kid to make more baby's he can't take care of!!!

SaraMac

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Bob420

To ROFLMAO I'm yarepeoplesostupid's brother n if u don't stop talking crap bout her n my nephew I will have the cops involved for harassment n I will get all this in the paper. I've seen your comments and they are very disrespectful obviously u weren't raised right. Jessiemoore912 that's my wife and I don't like that you calling her garbage your the piece of garbage and I hear you disrespecting those two girls again this mofo is going to have the family sue u for harassment and slander on here. So this is the last time I'm going to say this leave them alone or u will be dealing with me and a whole bunch of other people. So LEAVE THEM ALONE I don't want to hear about this crap anymore!!!!

ROFLMAO

I do believe this is a public forum, and if you think my remarks are out of bounds- then flag them as inappropriate. Go have another 420Bob.

Bob420

I don't smoke thanks it's just a user name,well we will let the courts handle this because you all are disrespectful and don't know anything or the true story!

ROFLMAO

Roger that. I'm willing to stop, not because you are threatening to sue, LMAO. But because this is boring. Take'er easy Bob.

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