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Jury selection begins in infant murder trial

WORTHINGTON -- Jury selection began Monday in Nobles County District Court for the trial of Lisa Marie Shane, who is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

The charges allege 20-year-old Shane, of Adrian, caused the death of her three-month-old infant daughter unintentionally while committing assault and child neglect.

Shane brought the baby into Worthington Regional Hospital Oct. 28, 2004, after 11 p.m. The child was later airlifted to Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., with life-threatening injuries. Life support was terminated Nov. 5, 2004, with permission from Shane.

According to the criminal complaint, the cause of death was determined to be homicide. The child suffered closed head trauma due to child abuse with significant findings indicating healing multiple rib fractures on both sides.

Shane was arrested in August 2005. The case was referred to the Minnesota Attorney General's Office for charging and prosecution, with the office of the Nobles County Attorney continuing to provide assistance. Prosecuting attorney is Assistant Attorney General William Klumpp. Chief Public Defender of the Fifth Judicial District James Fleming heads the defense.

Jury selection is expected to last throughout today, with opening statements beginning on Wednesday morning.

Testimony is expected from several expert witnesses, including the doctors who first saw the baby and the doctor who performed the autopsy. It has not been revealed whether Shane will testify, but the baby's father, who was released from jail the same day the baby was brought to the emergency room, is expected to take the stand.

The trial is scheduled to last for up to three weeks.