SIDNEY — The man accused of beating his 6-week-old daughter, and her 2-year-old brother on May 11, entered a guilty plea in Shelby County Common Pleas Court on Friday.
Allen Daniels, 21, of Sidney, had been charged with two counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies, and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to court records, Daniels agreed to enter a guilty plea to the first count of felonious assault, and the second count amended to assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. The state agreed to dismiss the domestic violence charge.
The indictment accused Daniels of striking his daughter in the head with his fist and squeezing her head with his hand causing a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain. He was also accused of punching his daughter’s 2-year-old brother in the face, causing him to be hospitalized. The domestic violence charge came about when he was formally indicted by a grand jury. It was related to a black-eye his daughter had apparently sustained.
The original 911 call was placed by the children’s mother, Brooke Schutte, to the Sidney Police Department at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. She said a baby was not breathing at her residence at 1135 Hilltop Ave., Apt. F. First responders administered CPR to the infant and were able to revive her.
During the investigation a second victim was identified. Both children were taken to Wilson Health and then transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dayton. The boy was later released to his grandmother.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 23, the infant’s condition has improved better than expected, according to Sidney Police Captain Jerry Tangeman.
“However the child still has some long term medical challenges to overcome as a result of the injuries sustained to the child’s brain. It is still too early in the recovery and healing process to determine the long term effects that the child has,” he said.
Daniels is facing eight years in prison on count one and six months in prison on count two, yet a prison term isn’t mandatory for either charge, but presumed for the felonious assault count. He is facing up to $16,000 in fines. After his release from prison he will have to have to complete a mandatory three years of probation.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Daniels is still being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
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