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Wichita father sentenced to prison for abuse of infant son

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.

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A Wichita father who pleaded guilty to abusing and battering his infant son in January will spend nearly 3 1/2 years in prison for the crimes.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Richard Ballinger on Tuesday ordered 26-year-old Aaron S. Piland to serve 41 months on each of two counts of aggravated battery and 32 months on one count of child abuse. Piland will serve the sentences concurrently, according to court records.

His son was 3 months old at the time of the abuse. He had internal head and other injuries, authorities have said.

Piland admitted to the charges in May – nearly four months after Wichita police arrested him and the child’s 28-year-old mother. Christina M. Schulte, police have said, took her son to Wesley Medical Center’s emergency room on Jan. 28, claiming the baby had become unresponsive after a bath. Staff determined the explanation was inconsistent with the baby’s injuries and alerted authorities.

In addition to the counts he was sentenced on Tuesday, Piland also was originally charged with one count of aggravated endangering a child and an additional count of aggravated battery. Those charges were dropped in exchange for his plea, records show.

The case against Schulte is pending; she is facing one count of child abuse and one count of aggravated endangering a child in connection with her son’s injuries.

Court records show she failed to appear as schueduled for her jury trial on June 30 and has since had a warrant issued against her. The bond listed in the warrant is $275,000. No new trial date has been set.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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