Monday morning, Christopher Charles Shafer was sentenced to over five years of prison time for causing a traumatic brain injury to his infant son on Feb. 9. 2012.
Shafer was found guilty of one count of aggravated battery by unintentionally causing bodily harm and one count of abuse of a child, which are both personal felonies. He was sentenced to 34 months for each charge, to be served consecutively, with the option of 15 percent good time credit and 36 months post-release supervision. Shafer has the option to appeal within the next 14 days, and his appeal bond was set at $250,000.
Judge Marilyn Wilder oversaw the bench trial of State of Kansas vs. Christopher Charles Shafer that took place June 12-16 and announced the sentence Monday morning. The sentencing was continued from Aug. 28 at the request of the defense.
On Feb. 9, 2012, emergency responders arrived at the home of Shafer and his then wife, Angela Walthers, now Angela Fehr, where their infant son Edward James “EJ” Shafer was found unresponsive. Numerous injuries were found on EJ at McPherson Hospital and at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, including inter-cranial bleeding, retinal hemorrhages and bruising on his abdomen.
Witnesses stated that on the morning of Feb. 9, 2012, the Shafer’s five-month-old son was healthy and normal. Now at age 6, EJ still experiences physical and behavioral challenges caused by the traumatic brain injury that hinder his ability to live as a normal child.