Woman pleads guilty in child abuse case involving 3-week-old daughter

CLEARFIELD – Stephanie McGuire pleaded guilty instead of going to trial Monday morning at the Clearfield County Courthouse.

District Attorney Bill Shaw said she has agreed to cooperate and testify in the trial against the baby’s biological father, Aaron Mills.

“The commonwealth never alleged that McGuire was the one that actually inflicted the injuries to this child. It’s always been our contention that it was the biological father,” Shaw said.

McGuire pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children, conspiracy to commit endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

She agreed that she cannot withdraw her plea at a later date and to waive her sentencing until after she’s fulfilled her obligation to the commonwealth.

McGuire, 23, of Osceola Mills, and Mills are accused of abusing their 3-week-old daughter, Lily. She was born in February and officials said Monday she is doing well and in foster care.

In March, McGuire had an appointment with her OB/GYN and brought her daughter with her. Due to the severity of the infant’s injuries, she was transferred to Geisinger Medical Center.

Police said the girl had a broken rib, two broken femur bones, bruises all over her body, severe diaper rash and injuries to her private area.

After searching the couple’s home and car, police found a bag of blood-stained clothing that included blankets, a pair of men’s boxer shorts and a baby outfit.

A trial date is set for Mills for Dec. 11.