Father Still Grieves After Loss Of 3-Month-Old Daughter

MCEWEN, Tenn. - A father is still grieving the loss of his 3-month-old daughter, while the infant's mother is behind bars, accused in the little girl's death.

This week's charges of Reckless Homicide and Child Abuse/Neglect come more than a year after the death of 3-month-old Layne Earps in Dickson County.

Layne Earps was diagnosed with a respiratory illness that required treatments delivered by a machine. 

Layne's father, Matthew Rachford, says Layne's mom, Rachel Earps, and her boyfriend Curtis Hall never gave her those treatments.

After a grand jury met, this week the two were booked for Reckless Homicide and Child Abuse/Neglect.

Matthew says he thinks of all the things his daughter will never get to do -- like graduate and get married.

"It really hurts, knowing as a parent I couldn't be there to protect her," Rachford said. "That's the hardest part to get closure on."

Layne's mother is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Dickson County Jail.  Her court date is set for next month.

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