Sentence Delayed in Toddler Death

2012-11-02T02:20:00Z 2012-11-02T09:19:21Z Sentence Delayed in Toddler DeathBy Alison Gene Smith - Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS • The sentencing hearing for a man who admitted to killing a toddler last year has been delayed.

Lane Buddenhagen was scheduled to be sentenced for a charge of voluntary manslaughter for the death of a 3-year-old boy today. He is now scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30 in Twin Falls County 5th District Court at 9:30 a.m.

The boy, who was not related to Buddenhagen, died on Aug. 7, 2011. According to court documents, emergency personnel responded to an apartment complex at 512 Jefferson St. the morning of Aug. 6, 2011, to find the child lying on the floor of a bedroom.

Buddenhagen allegedly told police the boy had been taking a bath. He said he left the bathroom and heard a loud sound, returning to find the boy on the floor. Buddenhagen said he moved the child to a bedroom and called 911. The boy was later taken to a Boise hospital where he died.

A doctor at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center told police he believed the child was shaken, based on bruises on the child and the results of a CT scan, and called the injuries “severe child abuse.”

In court documents, Buddenhagen stated he was giving the child a bath and pushed the child to get him to sit down when the child hit his head. He also wrote he was pleading guilty on his attorney’s advice because he felt like it was the best option for him and feels responsible for the boy’s death.

According to court documents, prosecutors will ask for at least 10 years in prison for Buddenhagen.

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