CLEARFIELD — Aaron Mills, 33, of Osceola Mills, accepted a guilty plea for abusing his newborn daughter “Lily” and will serve a minimum of 15 years in state prison, according to court documents.
Mills accepted the plea at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Mills pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault, conspiracy/endangering the welfare of children, and endangering the welfare of children. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
The maximum prison sentence will be determined by Judge Paul Cherry at sentencing, which usually occurs within 90 days.
According to previous articles in The Progress, on March 1, state police were notified by Mount Nittany Medical Center that a newborn baby was the apparent victim of child abuse and was being transferred to Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville due to the extent of her injuries
At Geisinger the girl was diagnosed with multiple bruises on her face, forehead and head, a severe cut to the inside of her mouth, severe abrasions on her nose, a broken rib, bruises on her lower back and arms, two broken femur (thigh) bones near the knee, bruises on her legs and had an abrasion on her toe. She also had a severe diaper rash and injuries to her private areas.
The doctor in Geisinger said the cut in the girl’s mouth would have caused severe pain and extreme bleeding and said the diaper rash was the worst he has ever seen.
After being arrested, Mills was interviewed. He became emotional during the interview and admitted injuring the baby while changing her diaper.
He said the girl had gotten up during the night five or six times, crying and needed to be changed.
He said he was changing her when he “snapped” and grabbed the girl by the ankles and yanked her upwards. He said girl’s body lifted off the changing table but her head remained touching the pad when his hand slipped and she fell onto the changing table but not onto the floor.
In their apartment police found drug paraphernalia including a smoking pipe and grinder used for grinding drugs. He said the apartment was very small.
Inside the couple’s vehicle, a bag containing blood-stained clothing was found. The bag contained three blankets, a pair of men’s boxer shorts, a man’s long sleeve shirt, a baby outfit and a pink baby’s hat, all of which had blood stains on them, according to the complaint.
“Lily’s” mother, Stephanie McGuire, also agreed to plead guilty prior to going to trial. It was an open plea and has not yet been sentenced, but she is required to serve a minimum of 10 years of probation in addition to any jail time given by the judge.
McGuire pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children, and conspiracy endangering the welfare of children, both of which are felonies in the third degree, simple assault-child and recklessly endangering another person, both of which are misdemeanors of the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia, an ungraded misdemeanor.
McGuire is incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail.