Man charged with murder 23 years after abusing infant daughter

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold says infant Amanda was 5 weeks old when her father “violently beat her,” leaving her critically injured until her death at age 22 last year. Lane, 41, was charged with first-degree murder in Amanda’s death Monday.

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A Tennessee man who was convicted of abusing his two infant children is now charged with murder 23 years later.

Anthony Shannon Lane was convicted in 1992 of beating his 5-week-old daughter Amanda so badly she lived the rest of her life in bed.

She was blind, unable to talk or move and suffered seizures, according to Nancy Woodall-Holmes, who adopted Amanda.

“She was such a treasure,” said Woodall-Holmes.

Amanda died last year at just 22-years-old.Amanda Lane  in Hospital

On Monday, Lane was charged with first-degree murder.

She adopted Amanda when she was just 4-years-old and learned she had a short life expectancy.

“I can’t put into words just how precious she was,” said Woodall.

According to an autopsy, Amanda’s death was a homicide and was caused by complications of blunt force trauma to the head.

After serving a 10 year sentence for aggravated child abuse of Amanda, Lane had a son.

According to court documents, that child was abused when he was just 3-months-old.

According to a pediatrician, he suffers from cerebal palsy, brain injuries, blindness, epilepsy and failure to thrive from the abuse.

Lane was convicted of aggravated child abuse again in 2003 and is serving a 25 year sentence for that assault.

“It may take 23 years but justice will be served. That’s the message I want to get out there,” said Woodall-Holmes.

Lane’s first court hearing is scheduled for July 18.

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