OLYMPIA - A 2-month-old South Sound boy was in critical condition Monday with irreversible brain damage and multiple fractures, and his 19-year-old father was in the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of assaulting him.
Doctors told prosecutors that it is uncertain whether Shane Dean Olsen’s infant son will ever be able to breathe on his own, according to charging papers.
Bail for Olsen was set at $100,000 Monday afternoon by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor.
Olsen’s son was taken to Capital Medical Center because he was having trouble breathing, according to charging papers. The boy was transferred by helicopter to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma with life-threatening injuries.
The boy’s injuries occurred while Olsen was watching him at the home of his girlfriend’s sister, where the family has been staying, according to court papers. The child’s mother said she was at work for less than five hours Tuesday afternoon, and she discovered that her son was having trouble breathing when she got home, according to prosecutors.
Doctors at Mary Bridge told investigators that the baby suffered large skull fractures to the left side of his skull, and multiple rib fractures, a lacerated liver and a broken neck. The baby underwent two blood transfusions because of internal bleeding and was on a respirator, according to charging documents.
A doctor told investigators that a large part of the boy’s brain is dead and he will never “interact with his environment,” according to charging papers.
The boy, who was born in May, also had partially healed fractures to his ribs and leg, which is a possible indicator of earlier abuse, doctors told investigators.
A doctor told investigators that the boy’s injuries show that he was slammed against something and punched in the chest at least twice.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Olsen, who turned 19 last Thursday, gave several explanations of the boy’s injuries, at first saying that they were caused by accidental falls and bumps. According to charging papers, Olsen’s most recent explanation to investigators before being arrested was that he became frustrated and he threw his son to the floor and then to the couch from four or five feet away because the boy would not stop crying.
Olsen does not have a prior criminal record, according to court papers.