Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for murdering infant son

Staff writerSeptember 27, 2013 

A judge sentenced a 22-year-old man to 21 years and two months in prison Friday for causing injuries that killed his own 2-month-old son in Olympia in 2010.

Shane Olsen was watching his infant son at his ex-girlfriend's sister's home in Olympia on July 6, 2010, when the child was injured.

When the infant's mother got home that night, she discovered the baby was having trouble breathing and she took him to an area hospital. The baby was subsequently airlifted to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma with life-threatening injuries.

Court papers state the child's injuries were caused by being "slammed against something, resulting in skull fractures and a broken neck."

According to court papers, Olsen eventually admitted he threw his son to the floor and then on a couch because he would not stop crying.

Olsen pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and was subsequently sentenced for the crime.

The child's mother, Jackie Kane, spoke in court Friday prior to Olsen's sentencing by Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon.

"I will never understand how you could lay your hands on your child and hurt him so bad, a defenseless 2-month-old baby," Kane said as she cried at the podium.

Doctors said the child was never able to breathe on his own after the July 6 injuries, but Kane described in court how it was several agonizing months before her child died in 2011.

Olsen cried as Dixon imposed the 21-year prison sentence. "Even though it might not seem so now, I am extremely sorry for what I did," he said.

Kane, who is now married, was in court with her 4-month-old daughter. She has a tattoo of her deceased son, Jordan, on her arm to remember him.

 

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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