Man gets 15 years in jail for injuring infant

Girl’s mother to be sentenced in April

CLEARFIELD — An Osceola Mills man charged with seriously injuring his infant daughter was sentenced in Clearfield County Court on Monday to at least 15 years in state prison.

Aaron Mills, 33, the baby’s father, and Stephanie McGuire, 23, the girl’s mother, were both charged by state police after the girl was taken to a doctor for severe diaper rash.

It was discovered that the girl had two broken legs, a cracked rib, cuts and bruises on her face, a tear inside her mouth between her gums and her nose and tears in her rectum, according to information at the preliminary hearing.

Mills pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, criminal conspiracy/endangering the welfare of children, possession of drug paraphernalia and recklessly endangering another person. Judge Paul Cherry sentenced him to 15 to 40 years in state prison.

McGuire signed a plea agreement that was based on her co-operating with the prosecution of Mills and testifying at his trial. She is reportedly pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of children, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be sentenced in April.

According to testimony at the hearing, when police executed a search warrant on the couple’s home and vehicle, they found a bag with blankets, several baby items and men’s clothing with blood stains.

When he spoke with police, Mills at first denied the baby had anything other than a diaper rash. Later, he reportedly stated he might have used her feet to raise her up as he was changing her. This lifted the baby almost completely off the changing mat and may have injured the child.