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Eugene man acquitted in death of infant

Tyler Doyle was found not guilty of manslaughter in the death of Kelsyn Oetken.

Posted: Sep 26, 2019 6:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Seven years after four-month-old Kelsyn Oetken died, there is still no clear answer as to how it happened.

Last week Tyler Doyle walked in the doors of the Lane County Courthouse a man accused in Kelsyn's death. Wednesday, he walked out a man acquitted.

However, the attorney who represented him, John Kolego, says he still has not healed from this tragedy.

"It's been seven years since Kelsyn died, and he's still profoundly affected by it. It's a tragedy that he'll never recover from, and he had a year of his life taken from him that he'll never get back," said Kolego.

Doyle was arrested in connection with the death in October 2018 and charged with manslaughter.

Kolego says it was his client who called 911 in the first place after finding the baby unresponsive in their home near Churchill High School.

"I thought it was an extremely well tried case," he continued. "I thought the prosecutor did a zealous, ethical job. Ultimately, I think that the facts weren't there for the conviction, but I understand why this was important for the community and why this case needed to be brought."

The investigation began in 2012, but for reasons that are still unclear, the case went cold.

It was eventually reopened by the Eugene Police cold case team.

Last year, the Oregon Department of Human Services reported that they received over 84,000 reports of child abuse in the state. A 4.4% increase from the year before, and 9,000 of those were in Lane County.

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