Nashville Dad, 20, Charged With Murder of 5-Week-Old Son


NASHVILLE – The father of a five-week-old child abuse victim is now charged with first-degree felony murder after his son died at 3:42 p.m. this afternoon.

Youth Services detectives on Monday arrested Joshua R. Lane, 20, on two counts of aggravated child abuse for allegedly inflicting life-threatening head trauma and bruising to his son, Deacon Lane. The unresponsive infant was taken by his parents to Centennial Medical Center Sunday. He was then transferred to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

During an interview with lead Youth Services Detective Steffani Dahlstrom, Lane said that he “zoned out” and may have shaken the child. He also acknowledged that bruising to his son’s knee was causing by him “pinching” the leg.


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