Convicted Child Abuser Charged With Murder After Daughter’s Death

Convicted Child Abuser Charged With Murder After Daughter’s Death

CREATED Jul 9, 2014

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - A Rutherford County man has been charged with murder in connection with a brutal beating that detectives said killed his daughter more than two decades later.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said 41-year-old Anthony Lane was officially charged Monday in the death of his daughter, Amanda, who died last year at age 22.

In 1991, Amanda was five weeks old when Lane “violently beat her,” leaving her bedridden, blind, and mute. She was taken in by a foster parent, and was under around-the-clock supervised care until she died.

An autopsy performed by the state medical examiner’s office showed her death was a homicide, caused by complications of blunt force head injury she suffered as an infant.

Lane was initially convicted of aggravated child abuse in 1992, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After he was released, he was charged and convicted of aggravated child abuse of Amanda’s half-brother, Ryan.

In that case, he was serving a 25-year sentence at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility. Lane was held in Rutherford County Adult Detention Center while awaiting a court hearing July 18.

Nancy Woodall-Holmes of La Vergne began caring for Amanda when she was three months old, eventually adopting her. She said Amanda, who had cerebral palsy, required four injections daily for a diabetic condition and had seizures.

“The only movement she had was her seizures,” Woodall-Holmes said. “She stayed in the same bed for 22 years.”

She also said that Amanda eventually met her half-brother Ryan.

“She and Ryan had their wheelchairs next to each other and their hands touched,” Woodall-Holmes remembered. “It was like they made a connection with each other.”

Woodall-Holmes said she believes this case will make a “huge impact” on child abusers in Tennessee, especially those who may only get a short sentence initially.

“But when the victim dies, then real justice will happen,” Woodall-Holmes said. “It may take 23 years but justice will be served. That’s the message I want to get out there. I want Amanda’s life and death to speak volumes for the victims in Tennessee and for the abusers who only get a slap on the wrist.”