Lage enters guilty plea in case of car crash that killed baby

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

A two year legal drama surrounding the death of a newborn baby finally moved forward Tuesday.

In court Tuesday morning the man believed to be responsible for causing the crash that injured a mother and killed her baby entered a plea.

It all stems from an accident that happened two years ago. Authorities say that now 26-year-old Logan Lage led troopers on a high speed car chase.

The chase ended when Lage crashed into Shae Lehnen, who was more than eight months pregnant at the time. Her baby, named Leleigh was delivered by C-Section and died shortly after.

Since then, the case has been caught up in a legal drama of exactly how to charge Lage.

The Court of Appeals ruled just a few weeks ago that Lage could be charged for child abuse resulting in death. Tuesday he pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death, second degree assault with a deadly weapon and another child abuse charge.

Lehnen says now that Lage has pleaded guilty, she is glad the case is finally moving forward.

"It's very helpful to know that we've finally got the jurisdiction back from the court of appeals, things are moving, and we can someday... I don't know if we'll ever be done or finished, but have closure on this part of it, anyway,” she says.

Lage could face 20 to 40 years in prison and could have to pay more than $1 million in fines.

He’ll be back in court for sentencing in early December.

Tuesday night on 11 News at 5:30 p.m., we’ll have more about why this case was so tricky and why it took two years to reach the beginning of a resolution for both parties.

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