Investigation by Youth Services detectives into the August death of a two-month-old boy from Rutherford County has now resulted in a first-degree murder indictment against his babysitter.
Mary Ann Lane, 57, of Brentridge Drive in Antioch, was arrested Saturday night at her residence in connection with the death of Maddox Roberts of Murfreesboro. In addition to murder, Lane is charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.
Maddox Roberts was born on June 18th to a teenage mother and lived in Murfreesboro. The child’s grandmother knew Lane and arranged for her to babysit. The mother and grandmother reported that Lane called them on the evening of August 13th and said she had tripped and fallen while holding Maddox, causing him to also hit the floor. Lane called 911. Paramedics worked to resuscitate and stabilize the victim before transporting him to Vanderbilt. He died on August 15th. Autopsy findings showed that Maddox suffered extensive head injuries inconsistent with Lane’s claim of a fall. The Medical Examiner’s Office concluded the child died as the result of homicide.
Lane is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.