Sidney man sentenced to 7 years for infant assault

Allen Daniels (Shelby County Sheriff's Office).
Allen Daniels (Shelby County Sheriff's Office).

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – A 21-year-old man will spend seven years behind bars for beating his 6-week-old daughter, and her 2-year-old brother in May.

The sentence was handed down Tuesday in the Shelby County Common Pleas Court, according to our partners at the Sidney Daily News.

Allen Daniels, of Sidney, apologized in court and said he will take this time to become a model citizen.

Daniels was sentenced on one count of felonious assault, and 180 days for one count of assault. That time will run concurrently. Upon his release from prison, he will be required to serve a mandatory three years of community control. He was also given 159 days of credit for the time he has spent in jail since the incident in May, according to the Sidney Daily News.

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 Sidney. First responders administered CPR to the infant and were able to revive her.

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, according to the Sidney Daily News.

The now-6-month-old girl has had multiple surgeries and will have to deal with health issues the rest of her life. When she was originally hospitalized, she was given less than 24 hours to live.

The child’s mother, Schutte, was sentenced in September to serve 45 days in jail on one count of attempted child endangerment, a felony of the fourth degree. She was originally charged with one count of child endangerment after failing to obtain proper medical treatment for the baby after she was injured from abusive behavior. She was also ordered to complete five years of community control, and mental health and parental counseling.

Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell said this was one of the worst cases of child abuse he has ever seen, according to the Sidney Daily News. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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