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County agency takes custody of beaten Norwalk baby

Emil Whitis • Jul 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

A Norwalk infant who was allegedly beat by his mother’s boyfriend was released from the Akron Children’s Hospital on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Christoffer Mills, 20, of Norwalk, was charged with felony assualt Tuesday after he allegedly admitted hurting the child.

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said Mills had no criminal history.

On Thursday Huron County deputies held a news conference to answer lingering questions.

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said the 9-month-old infant sustained four leg fractures and several injuries to the torso during a “series of attacks” by Mills over a period of two months.

The alleged abuse came to light Saturday after the mother took her infant to Akron Children’s Hospital for an unrelated health problem. When hospital staff discovered four fractures to the infant’s leg they contacted Huron County Children Services, which in turn reported the information to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies rushed to Akron to interview Mills, who was at the hospital. 

Mills told deputies he beat the child several times at a house in the 300 block of Edwards Road in Nowalk where he’d been staying with the infant’s mother for the last several months, according to deputies. 

Howard refused to say whether anyone else was home during the alleged beatings. He said answering the question wouldn’t be “appropriate” or “fair” to the ongoing investigation.

He did say deputies were still looking at several “people of interest” in the case.

There was no doubt that Mills was the “primary actor” in the abuse, but it is possible that others neglected to protect the child, Howard said.

He pointed out that the infant had multiple injuries — namely the four leg fractures — that went untreated for an unknown amount of time.

During an interview Mills told deputies he lost his temper when the boy wouldn’t stop crying, Howard said.

Shortly before the boy’s injuries were discovered in Akron the mother took him to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, a Huron County news release said. The statement didn’t mention whether staff there found an evidence of abuse.

Howard refused to give a date for when the boy was admitted to Fisher Titus.

Mills was being held at the Huron County Jail on $100,000 bond late Thursday. 

Huron County Children Service’s took custody of the boy and are in the process of placing him with a foster family. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

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