November 26, 1997 in City

Abusive Baby-Sitter Gets 10 Years Man Threw Girfriend’s 3-Year-Old Daughter Head-First Into Tub

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Lance Brandvold’s fit of rage over a soiled shirt will cost him 10 years in state prison.

Earlier this month, Brandvold pleaded guilty to first-degree assault for throwing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter head-first into a bathtub.

He told detectives he was angry with Amanda Welch because the sick child vomited on his shirt June 2.

On Tuesday, the 38-year-old Brandvold said he was sorry for what happened to the girl.

But Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins sentenced the Spokane County man to the high end of the standard sentencing range - 123 months.

Deputy Prosecutor Mary Ann Brady asked Tompkins for the strongest punishment possible.

“I thought it was appropriate because of the severity of the girl’s injuries and her age,” Brady said. “She almost died. It was fortunate that she didn’t.”

Brandvold was baby-sitting the girl in their Spokane Valley apartment about 1 p.m. Her mother, Judy Sorenson, was at work.

Amanda lapsed into a coma after hitting her head on the edge of the tub. Doctors said she received a severe brain injury and feared she wouldn’t survive.

But she made an astounding recovery and was released from the hospital about three weeks later. Doctors said she may make a full recovery.

Sorenson, who had lost custody of her daughter to the state once before, permanently transferred custody to Amanda’s aunt shortly after the attack.

, DataTimes


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