Lynchburg mother charged with child abuse after baby dies, family wants justice

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A child has died and officers suspect her injuries are a result of child abuse.

According to police, 20-year-old, Fantasia Ashante Lane brought her 22-month old child to a Lynchburg hospital on Saturday.  Staff members made the call to transfer the baby to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville for further treatment because of the extent of her injuries.  

The child died from her injuries and Lane is now facing charges for the death.  

Family members identify the toddler as a baby girl named Amarah. Friends and family have been active on social media asking for justice for the girl. According to her father Brent Woody, Amarah was brain dead. He posted on social media, “Nothing else we could do I just want justice for my daughter.”

The City of Lynchburg Human Services’ issued a response to the investigation Friday around 4 p.m. Officials from the department said they were contacted with the complaint regarding child abuse and neglect of a 22-month-old child at Lynchburg General Hospital. The department responded and “took appropriate action to protect the child who was transported to the University of Virginia Hospital. Unfortunately, the child passed away at 5:00 p.m. Thursday.”

They said no further statements will be made. 

After an investigation from the Criminal Investigations Division, Lane was arrested and transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where she is held without bond.  

At this time, Lane is charged with Felony Child Abuse.

Officers say the case remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

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