Lacey man convicted of causing infant son’s brain damage

Herald staff

OLYMPIA — A jury convicted a Lacey man of shaking his crying 11-week-old baby so hard that the child suffered permanent brain damage.

Shane Michael Pitzlin, convicted Thursday by a jury of three women and nine men, could spend between nine and 12 years in prison under sentencing guidelines.

Pitzlin, 21, was convicted of first-degree assault of a child and second-degree criminal mistreatment.

Lacey police arrested Pitzlin on May 25, a day after the child’s mother, Destiny Bush, took the listless, twitching and vomiting boy to a pediatrician.

Defense attorney Linda Whitt told jurors that Bush was the one who shook the baby and that Pitzlin took the blame to protect the mother.

The baby is about 9 months old and functions as a 6- or 8-week-old, the prosecution said. He requires extensive care and is in foster care.

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