Casper man to serve probation for endangering his child; Leaving her locked in the garage and other acts

(Casper, Wyo.) – A Casper man, Joseph Shane, was sentenced to serve two years of supervised probation and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service as he was convicted of two misdemeanor charges of child endangering. ​ Shane commented before his two year probation sentence was imposed, "The first five years I was fighting for her. This was the hardest choice I have ever had to make." According to court records, authorities were first alerted to a probable case of child abuse after a Bar Nunn social worker reported a fourth-grade student appearing dirty, greasy and malnourished, according to court documents. During a forensic interview, detectives learned that the child would be subjected to sleeping on a cot, one like at daycare facilities, when she was in trouble. During period where the family was gone, such as church or shopping, the child would be put in the garage while the family was away, according to the documents. She told them that she would have to use the yard if she wanted to go to the bathroom while the family was out of the house. The step-mother and father both confirmed the treatment of the girl to detectives, the father stated when asked about the possibility of injury while parents were away, “that’s a lot of if’s and but’s,” according to the affidavit. This morning the State Attorney commented before the sentenced was imposed, "It's beyond me that a father could do this to his daughter." Shane's attorney commented, "This was the hardest decision he has ever had to make. It took a tremendous amount of courage to give his daughter up. Now his daughter is a happy healthy little girl with a loving family." Shane was ordered to pay $1,000 in court costs and serve one hundred hours of community service and complete two years of supervised probation. #oilcity #news