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May 13, 2014

Father pleads guilty to abuse of infant son

A Wichita father has pleaded guilty to abusing and battering his infant son in January.

A Wichita father has pleaded guilty to abusing and battering his infant son in January.

Aaron S. Piland, 26, admitted Monday to two counts of aggravated battery and one count of child abuse of his then-3-month-old son, who suffered critical internal injuries sometime between Jan. 1 and Jan. 27 while in his parents’ care.

Two other charges – a count of aggravated endangering of a child and an additional count of aggravated battery – were dismissed as part of Monday’s plea deal with prosecutors, Sedgwick County District Court records show. He is set for sentencing June 23.

The charges arose after the baby’s mother, Christina M. Schulte, took the boy to Wesley Medical Center on Jan. 28, claiming he had become unresponsive during a bath. Hospital staff alerted police, who described the boy’s injuries as “very serious and severe” and inconsistent with Schulte’s explanations.

Both parents were arrested the next day. The infant and two other children were placed in police protective custody care at the time.

Schulte, 28, is awaiting trial in the case on one count of child abuse and one count of aggravated endangering a child. She is due back in court June 9.

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