Twin Falls man sentenced for toddler's death

Credit: Twin Falls Police

Lane Buddenhagen

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by KTVB

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Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 11:47 PM

TWIN FALLS -- A Twin Falls man will spend at least five years in prison for the death of a toddler.

A Fifth District judge sentenced 20-year-old Lane Buddenhagen to a total of 15 years in prison, with five fixed, for voluntary manslaughter.

Buddenhagen pleaded guilty to that charge last year in connection with the death of his fiancee's three-year-old son.

Police said that he told them he left the bathroom while the boy was taking a bath, heard a loud sound, and returned to find the boy on the floor.

A doctor at St. Luke's Magic Valley told police he believed the child's injuries were the result severe abuse.

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