A woman accused of letting her baby starve to death had charges bound over to the August grand jury today.
Rachel Henley, 22, of Journey Drive, is charged with aggravated child neglect and reckless endangerment in connection with the extreme malnutrition of her baby boy, who is now 5 months old, according to court records.
Testimony in front of General Sessions Judge Ben Hall McFarlin today showed that the child was the weight of a 2-week-old at the age of 3 months. Not only was Henley failing to feed the baby, she didn’t seek medical attention when it was visibly losing weight, Murfreesboro Police Officer Tommy Roberts said.
Doctors and authorities didn’t find out about the situation until Henley’s mother visited the family and saw how small the child was, according to the detective. The child was then taken to St. Thomas at Rutherford.
Roberts testified that the child probably would have died if it hadn’t been taken to the Vanderbilt hospital for further treatment in mid-April. The detective said he received a referral from the Department of Children’s Services and interviewed medical staff at Vanderbilt and a family member. In questioning the mother, Roberts said he found several “inconsistencies” in her story.
Henley was arrested May 2, according to court records. Once the baby was removed from her supervision and placed under other care, he began to gain weight, Roberts said.
“It’s sad. It truly is,” Roberts said.
McFarlin found probable cause to send the case to the grand jury to determine whether Henley should be indicted.