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.
BREAKING: Youth Services detectives this afternoon charged Joshua R. Lane, 20, with two cts of aggravated child abuse for allegedly causing critical injuries to his 5-week-old son. The victim has life-threatening severe head trauma & bruising. Lane's bond is set at $150k. pic.twitter.com/4ULAxQNWHB— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 27, 2022
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.