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Mother Accused Of Nearly Starving Infant To Death

CREATED May 9, 2014
by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro woman was arrested for allegedly nearly starving her infant to death.

"There is absolutely no excuse for starving a child," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Rachel Henley, 22, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated child neglect.

Murfreesboro Police said Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt notified the Department of Children Services after Henley's 3-month-old son was brought into the emergency room.  At first, doctors thought they were dealing with a 2-week-old because the child was so small and thin.

Aaron Anderson is the child's father. He's a long haul trucker who returned home to find his two children in DCS custody and his girlfriend in jail.

"It's placing a huge strain on our relationship. I love her, but with everything going on I have to worry about what's best for the children," said Anderson, who added that for now he does not have custody of the infant.  

He has not been charged with any crime.

Anderson said that Henley was having trouble breastfeeding the infant and that could have contributed to the lack of nutrition. He does not believe Henley would intentionally harm the infant.

For now, Henley was held in the Rutherford County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The infant now lives with other family members. With proper care and nutrition, the child has put on weight and doing well.

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