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Evergreen man sentenced in child abuse case

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By The Staff

A 28-year-old Evergreen man was sentenced Oct. 9 to 22 years in prison for abuse of his girlfriend’s baby. The 2-year-old girl suffered severe head trauma, causing her to lose her sight, as well as bruises all over her body.

According to a news release from the Jefferson County district attorney’s office, Shane Michael Kendall was caring for the child while his girlfriend, Aislynne Edwards, was at work. Edwards had known Kendall for four months. He had lived in a mobile home with Edwards and her three daughters, all under age 8, for about three weeks.

On Dec. 9, the child’s grandmother found the girl to be lethargic. She also noticed the child had just vomited. The grandmother called the baby’s mother, the baby was taken to Swedish Medical Center. Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were called to the hospital because doctors believed it to be a possible child abuse case.

Kendall told doctors and sheriff’s deputies several different versions of how the child sustained her injuries. Kendall never admitted to causing the injuries.

The child is now 3 years old. Some of her vision has returned, but she remains legally blind.

Kendall pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, a class 3 felony, and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class 4 felony, on Aug. 20.