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.

Comments

Bob420

Hahaha wow you really are clueless,you have no idea where I live lmao!!!

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Bob420

Exactly your problem you could care less about anything except ur weed and acholic beverages!!!

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Brownsfan00

I see it right now.... (PLAINTIFF) City of Norwalk vs. (DEFENDANT) ROFLMAO.... hahahahahahahah ahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah I CRACK MYSELF UP!!!!!!

Bob420

Exactly it's boring and I'm tired of my sister getting bagged on,this is not nice and like I said you have no idea what went on except for what the newspaper said,and half of it is either wrong or untrue,I do know my family better then all of you And I know she dident and was not aware of this happening,so plz get to know the real story before any judgements are made,oh and by the way why don't u ask mrs Saramac where her and her son were when this went down cause I really would like to know the bullcrap lies she would make up!!

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Bob420

Oh yea having my nephew around a bunch of weed heads and drunks sure would be a lot better oh and let me tell you about your ex husband yeah we won't even go there so what happen to your son that he died how many times? Because you let some drunk like u take him on a for wheeler when he was what 2 3? Exactly so don't screw with me!!! I know all about ur family that's been in and out of prison and jail!!!

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Bob420

And no dumb as* she wasent charged with anything because they know she dident do anything goes to show how much u know about the situation!!!

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Bob420

Yea well same goes to you!! Oh wait that's right you never helped and I already know what's in the files so nice try!!

SaraMac

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ROFLMAO

hillbillies love to argue

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citizen4change

Bob420 < now thats a cool name. do you really do that? bob for 20? Anyway Jessie, you and your wife really need to think hard about why you are defending such a terrible crime against a child AND the people who let it happen. Lets face it the mother is just as much at fault as the POS who did it. THEY BOTH ARE POS. Plain and simple.

Jessiemoore912

Saramac u betta stop ik u

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citizen4change

Go ahead and report me. this is an open PUBLIC forum. I have done nothing wrong but stated FACTS and opinions. So have at it. Hey got a wonderful idea. Instead of spending so much time on the computer why don't you work on your mothering skills. that might help ya out in the future. But i'm just hoping you decide to NOT have anymore kids. Jessiemoore, i have NO IDEA why you are on this computer talking like your billy bad a$$. everyone knows you couldn't fight your way outta a wet paper bag.

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Jessiemoore912

Citezensforchange..you can shut your mouth about me because you dont know nothing about me. you are just a low life that likes to make a mothers life miserable when she is doing everything she can to take care of her son ALONE casue the father was never around.... Saramac...if your son was not into drugs or alchol and dont tell me he wasnt cause he failed not one but TWO drug tests already... maybe my sis wouldnt have tried to do right and find a father figure for my nephew. thank you and goodbye...

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Kottage Kat

Clampets are on the loose
be afraid, be very afraid, please do not stop I need the chuckle

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Bob420

ROFLMAO U got wrong its us country folks n yes we do love to argue. You need to find some other things to comment on and not this one. So leave us alone and this.

ROFLMAO

Bob- I was civil earlier. Don't get Huffy. I'll start commenting again, and then your cackling 'wife' will be bitching to you all day again about this.

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