Dad faces murder charge 22 years after abuse of daughter
Nancy Woodall adopted Amanda when she was 3 months old. Amanda died in August 2013.
Anthony Lane has been charged with murder in connection to his daughter's death.
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
In the living room of Nancy Woodall's La Vergne home, there are constant reminders of her daughter, Amanda.
"She glowed; she never had a bad day," Woodall said. "She woke up with a smile; she went to sleep with a smile."
Woodall took her in at the age of 3 months, after her father, Anthony Lane, was accused of brutally beating her at the age of 5 weeks, critically injuring her for life. She couldn't walk, talk or move and had to be fed with through a tube.
Lane was convicted and served 10 years for aggravated child abuse. He got out of jail and was then accused of doing the same thing to Amanda's half-brother, Ryan.
Lane is serving a 25-year prison sentence in Ryan's case and is being held in the Rutherford County Jail. He has a court appearance scheduled for next week.
"It's a shame; it's very, very sad that there was even a second victim to begin with," Woodall said.
Amanda was only expected to live a year to 18 months, but she lived 22 years. She died in August 2013.
"When Amanda died, it was like part of me died, too," Woodall said.
An autopsy determined her death was a homicide from the blunt force head trauma at the hands of her father.
Lane was charged with murder on Monday, more than two decades later.
"Justice may not be served right then, but eventually," Woodall said. "It may be 22 years later that justice will be fully served."
Woodall is making sure Amanda's life and death wasn't in vain.
"My hope is that I can be a voice for Amanda, and I can be a voice for all victims out there," she said.
Woodall has fostered more than 400 children in 30 years and says all were special, but Amanda was even more special since she adopted her.
"Amanda was the definition of an angel on Earth," Woodall said. "It was impossible for her to ever have to say I'm sorry or ask forgiveness."
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