2011-11-24 / Front Page

Pittman Gets 20 To 40 Years In Child’s Death

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Shane Pittman Shane Pittman Convicted murderer Shane Douglas Pittman heard countless members of Kylie York’s immediate family reminisce how the 2- year-old girl touched their lives. Whether it was her smile, her infectious laugh or her simple embrace, the toddler was remembered by those at the Fulton County Courthouse Monday as being the important link in the chain that held their family together.

Taking into account written letters, verbal statements and a presentence investigation report, Judge Angela Rosenberry Krom announced it was also necessary to have her own reasoning placed on the record during the November 21 sentencing proceeding.

The judge noted a total of six expert witnesses specializing in various areas of medicine took the stand during the September trial as did laymen, who provided corroborating statements as to Kylie’s demeanor and well-being before she suffered fatal injuries on December 2, 2009. Judge Krom added every possible natural or accidental cause of injury had been ruled out, and the substantial, nonaccidental force could only be explained by a violent act.

The judge went on to point out that at the time the injuries were inflicted, the toddler was under the care of Pittman, 33, who failed to seek treatment a short distance away at Fulton County Medical Center. She stated that although she was not convinced immediate treatment would have changed the outcome, it would have shown some degree of caring for the child’s life.

Krom then made reference to Pittman’s refusal to accept any responsibility during the two-day trial, and how his demeanor on the witness stand was flat, detached and unconcerned. She concluded Pittman treated the girl with “callousness and hardness of heart.”

In testifying during the trial, Pittman said upon waking up around 11 a.m. on December 2, 2009, he found Kylie “laying there, staring at a blank television” screen. Heading to the kitchen the toddler managed only two to three bites of sherbet.

Pittman said she went into the living room where she stood “looking around, looking confused.” Having little interest in her toys or even coloring, Pittman said Kylie eventually threw up on her pajamas. He said he picked her up, carried her to the bathroom, placed her in the tub and cleaned her up.

Missing from his testimony were words and phrases such as “snapping,” which in his written statement referred to the motion that Kylie’s head repeatedly underwent while he ran her back the mobile home’s hallway to the bathroom. Pittman testified the words “snapped” as well as “dropped” and “convulsing” were all words suggested to him by investigating officers from the Pennsylvania State Police McConnellsburg barracks.

In suggesting he use those words in his written statement or confession given at the barracks as well as in a prior interview at Penn State Children’s Hospital at Hershey, Pittman told the court the officers screamed at him in each ear and told him what words they wanted to hear.

Pittman took the opportunity during this week’s sentencing to tell the court and Kylie’s family that possibly his greatest moment in life was the birth of his own children. Furthermore, when Kylie came into his life he loved her like one of his own. He added he missed the little girl more than ever, and nothing she could have done would have triggered a response from him.

As a follow-up defense attorney Dwight Harvey reiterated that Pittman still does not believe he is responsible for the girl’s death.

Krom finished out the proceedings by ordering Pittman, of 3026 Gem Bridge Road, to 20 to 40 years in a state correctional institution. He was granted credit for time served in the Franklin County Prison since his initial arrest nearly two years ago.

A fine of $2,500 was also ordered as was $12,852.78 restitution to the Department of Public Welfare and $8,354.72 to the Victim Compensation Assistance Fund.

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