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A Tennessee man convicted and jailed for abusing his two infant children is 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: blind and unable to talk or move, except for seizures, said her mother, Nancy Woodall-Holmes, who first fostered and then adopted Amanda.

Amanda died last year at age 22 and on Monday, Lane, 41, was charged with first-degree murder in Amanda’s death.

“She was such a treasure,” said Woodall-Holmes, who became Amanda’s foster parent on a Christmas Eve.

At the time, she was told Amanda had a short life expectancy and her placement would be temporary. “I can’t put into words just how precious she was,” said Woodall, who adopted Amanda at age 4

“We will work with the district attorney’s office in the prosecution of this case for justice for Amanda,” said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

According to an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office, Amanda’s death was a homicide, caused by complications of blunt force head injury.

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

Second infant abused

After serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated child abuse of Amanda, Lane had a son, Ryan, who was abused at 3 months old, according to court documents.

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

Ryan suffered cerebral palsy, brain injury, blindness, epilepsy and failure to thrive from the abuse, according to a pediatrician who testified in the case.

Justice for Amanda

Ryan is in a wheelchair and was adopted by a family near Amanda’s home, said her mother.

“We were able to get the children together, and it seemed like they made a connection with each other,” said Woodall-Holmes. “He was there when she died. His hand was touching her hand.”

Woodall-Holmes said the murder charges against Lane, even 23 years later, will have an affect on victims of abuse.

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

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10 comments

  • FaithC

    Glad after all this time they are going forward with murder charges. This guy is a total scum and needs to be put down like you would any other mad dog.

  • Chris

    Glad she is getting justice after all these years. Nancy, her foster mom was a great woman…I worked with her a lot when I was a foster adoptive parent in Rutherford county. This young lady def. had a great woman as an advocate for her in Nancy.

  • kiamom50

    Why the he’ll was he let out in the first place to do it again? This man’s an animal..no not even that cause animals treat their young better than that. He is a stain on humanity and should be put to death..put him in a car on the hottest day with the heat on and leave him there..Omgosh I pray he gets what’s coming to him and more..sorry piece of trash..

  • Coletta

    He should’ve been sterilized after the first time to avoid this ever happening again!!!
    He should’ve been left to the general population and let The Lord of the flies takeover….

  • Chucky

    I wonder if he will actually be convicted. I have never seen or heard of a case where a 22 year old assault caused someone’s death. I’ll have to watch this one.

    • Nylara

      Its from the injuries she sustained during the abuse. As the mother said, the injuries were so bad the doctors knew she would die young. The body is an amazing thing but even the body can not heal some wounds. The epilepsy alone could have been a death sentence. A lot of people who have epilepsy die from the condition every year more then breast cancer. And if it wasnt for the care she got from those around her she probably would have died a lot sooner.

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