Dyersburg man charged in death of infant released on bond

DYER COUNTY, Tenn. — “It’s hard knowing that I was once a mother, and now I’m not a mother,” Raven Willis said.

Lainey Willis was Raven Willis’s first child, a mother-daughter relationship that would only last two months.

“You can look at her and just immediately fall in love,” Willis said. “She was an angel, a perfect angel.”

In 2016, Jon Dillon Wheeler, of Dyersburg, was charged with first-degree murder in the infant’s death. An autopsy found that Lainey Willis died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Three years later, Wheeler has bonded out of jail.

“We just want justice,” Willis said.

According to officials at Dyer County Circuit Court, on May 14, Jon Wheeler’s bond was lowered from $1 million to $150,000.

Willis says she was shocked to learn the bond was set to such a low amount, and that it makes her question the justice system.

“We have been pushing trial and pushing trial, and we’re still pushing trial,” Willis said.

Willis says she is still learning to live life after Lainey, and she says Wheeler’s release from jail does not make it easier.

“The pain that I had to go through, to lose my child and for me to be alone — I’m not alone anymore,” Willis said.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reached out to Wheeler but was unable to reach him for comment.

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