O outgoing Pentagon chief, son of Patrick Shanahan, once hit his mother with a baseball bat so brutally it broke her skull and left her unconscious in a blood sausage.
Details of the 2011 event occurred after Shanahan, 56, a former Boeing executive, resigned as acting defense secretary and deputy Pentagon chief executive, to the post of President Trump, "take some time on family relationships."
Immediately after the 2011 incident, Shanahan defended the actions of his son William, then 1
The unpleasant events seem to have begun seven years before his three children, who were in the US Capitol, saw their father as a deputy defense secretary.
At that time, all three, Caili, now 28, William, 25 and Jordan, 20 were separated from their mother, Kimberley Jordinson. William had a crime conviction as a result of the 2011 incident. Shanahan and his wife were divorced.
After more than two decades of marriage, the couple's relationship ensured, according to Shanahan and two of his children. A Thanksgiving, they said she threw the whole meal on the floor and in another case she ruined the cake her daughter had made for Shanahan's birthday.
The culmination of Jordinson's alleged irregular behavior occurred in August 2010 when she began to beat her husband repeatedly in the face as he tried to fall asleep.
Shanahan says he did not respond, but the argument escalated to the point where Jordinson, according to police records, began to throw his clothes out of the window and try to set them on fire. She called the police for Shanahan to hit her, but when the police arrived, Jordinson was arrested and charged with domestic violence.
The charge was dropped and Shanahan was filed for divorce. His former wife Jordinson was granted custody of the children and took them to Florida, while Shanahan stayed in Seattle where they had lived.
It was November 2011 when the baseball bat event occurred. William came into an argument with his mother over suspicion that he was romantically involved in a 36-year-old woman. The dispute was escalated to the point where, according to police, William fixed his mother against a wall and grabbed his $ 400 Nike baseball bat and hit her head several times.
"I tried to run away from Will, but when I reached the laundry room, he hit me with the bat in the back of my head," wrote Jordinson in a court filing in the divorce case. "The last thing I remember before I lost consciousness is the impact of the forces and the blood everywhere."
The police said in the report that William left his mother unconsciously in a "pool of blood" and then "disconnected landline cable deprived of the victim and [the younger brother] the use of 911 to provide assistance."
bottle rubbing alcohol to his younger brother and told him "you clean her up." The younger brother called 911 from the phone to a neighbor's house.
William called his father, who immediately booked a flight to Florida. Jordinson required surgery. Her skull and elbow were broken.
Police in Sarasota, where Jordinson and the children lived, began to hunt for William. But Shanahan landed and arranged a hotel for William. "Mr. Shanahan's answer when he learned about the attack was to book a hotel room," Jordinson wrote.
Shanahan told Washington Post : "It was hard to see your son, hopefully you will never be in the place one day. I did not hide. We got a hotel and talked to the lawyer and we just struck up. "
In the aftermath of the battle, Shanahan gathered a legal defense team to support his son. Williams defense lawyer, Derek Byrd, claimed that Shanahan did not know the police were searching for his son in the days following the battle.
Days after the assault, after discussions with his father, William turned to the police.
During William's original right appearance, also attended by Jordinson, Byrd argued that William should be out of jail because he was a college baseball prospect and "has a future." Byrd also told the judge that in prison would "traumatize him" And he may be fired by the baseball team.
"He doesn't believe in violence," Shanahan told the judge that day: "I've never seen him act aggressively against his brother or other family members, so it's a shock to me what happened."
Despite Byrd and Shanahan's pleas, the judge rejected the release of William and quoted the "horrible" images of the crime scene. William was merged with the crime of aggravated battery and manipulated with a victim, even though he ended up committing a third-degree crime.
Shanahan wrote a note to Jordin's brother who defends his son. Submitted 10 days after Shanahan appeared in court with his son, he claimed that his wife turned his aggression from him to their children.
"Using a baseball bat in self-defense is likely to be considered an imbalance of power," Shanahan wrote. "Will's mother has harassed him for nearly three hours before the incident."
Jordinson contested this claim and said in a lawsuit that she always "has been a very loving and dedicated mother."
Shanahan has since distanced himself from the note and told the Washington Post that there was no justification for the assault and that he wrote the document in the hours after the attack before he understood the severity of his former wife's damage.
"Frankly, it's hard to revive that moment, and the passage was hard for me to read. I was wrong to write the three sentences," Shanahan said. "I never believed Will's attack on his mother was a self-defense or just act. I do not think violence is appropriate ever and certainly never a reason to attack anyone with a baseball bat."
"I never believed that Will's attack on his mother was a self-defense or just act. I don't think violence is appropriate ever, and certainly no reason to attack anyone with a baseball bat, "he added.
In 2012, a State Prosecutor in Florida agreed on a "detention sentence" which shortened his sentence. William was sentenced to spend 18 months in a juvenile detention center and earned four years of trial. Both of these sanctions were reduced.
William continued to attend the University of Washington, graduation last June. Jordinson lost the custody of the youngest of the children in 2014. She is now set aside from all three of them.
"Bad things can happen to good families," Shanahan said, adding that details of what happened "will ruin my son's life."