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20-year-old charged with first-degree felony murder of 5-week-old son

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Posted at 9:41 PM, Jun 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-28 19:40:32-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Monday, Youth Services detectives charged Joshua R. Lane, 20, with two counts of aggravated child abuse for allegedly causing critical injuries to his five-week-old son, Deacon Lane. On Tuesday, Joshua was charged with first-degree felony murder after Deacon died at 3:42 p.m.

The unresponsive Deacon was taken to Centennial Medical Center Sunday. After stabilizing, he was transferred to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

According to doctors, the infant had life-threatening severe head trauma with little to no brain function, bruising, and a healing fractured rib. He died at 3:42 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Joshua was interviewed by lead Youth Services Detective Steffani Dahlstrom and said that he zoned out and may have shaken the baby. He admitted to bruising his son's knee by pinching him in the leg.

Joshua's bond was set at $150,000.