FREDERICK – The mother of 18-month-old Lane Fairchild has been ordered to stand trial for her alleged role in her toddler son’s death. Kelly Fairchild, of Frederick, was notified by the Honorable Brad Benson at her preliminary hearing yesterday that probable cause exists that a crime was committed. He went on to say that probable cause exists that Fairchild committed the crime.
Fairchild’s boyfriend, Greg Miller, Jr., is also charged with murder in the first degree in the death of the child. Miller’s trial was scheduled to begin in the courtroom of the Honorable Richard Darby today.
Miller told witnesses various versions about finding the child unresponsive back in February 2015. The accounts include conflicting points, specifically what caused Miller to awaken during the night, and whether or not Miller accidentally “nicked the child’s head with his foot” when he tripped.
During the preliminary hearing Fairchild was represented by Michael Womble of Clinton. Deanna Hansell, Assistant District Attorney led the questioning for the state.
Fairchild will report to the Darby’s courtroom at 10 a.m. on April 1 to stand trial on the charge of murder in the first degree and allowing child abuse.