Grand Jury To Hear Case Against Woman Accused Of Child Neglect

Grand Jury To Hear Case Against Woman Accused Of Child Neglect

CREATED Jun 24, 2014
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The case against a woman accused of nearly starving her infant to death has been bound over to the Rutherford County Grand Jury.

Rachel Henley, age 22, was arrested charged with aggravated child neglect and reckless endangerment in May. During a hearing Monday, General Sessions Judge Ben Hall McFarlin found there was enough evidence to send her case to the August grand jury.

Murfreesboro Police said Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt notified the Department of Children's 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.

The child’s father, Aaron Anderson, is a long haul trucker who returned home to find the baby and another of his children in DCS custody, and his girlfriend in jail. He told NewsChannel 5 that Henley was having trouble breastfeeding the infant and that could have contributed to the lack of nutrition. He said he did not believe Henley would intentionally harm the infant.

The infant was placed with other family members. With proper care and nutrition, the now 5-month-old child has put on weight and is doing well.

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