Coney Island man facing 25 years to life for killing 16-month-old daughter

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A Coney Island man who allegedly killed his 16-month-old daughter in June has been indicted on murder and assault charges, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Monday.

Shaquan Taylor, 19, could face 25 years to life after allegedly leaving his baby, Nylah, with a linear skull fracture, swelling of the brain, and bruising to her face, which led to her death on June 23. He was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, first and second-degree assault, and more.

Taylor asked his daughter’s mother to head over to his home on W. 32nd St. on Father’s Day — two days after he gained custody of the baby, the DA said. Upon her arrival, however, she allegedly found the baby unresponsive. She told Taylor to call 911, but an investigation found that he refused to do so. Taylor then assaulted the mother after she tried bringing the baby out of the apartment, leaving her with cuts and swelling, according to the DA.

Taylor first told detectives that the baby fell from a bed, but the injuries allegedly did not reflect such an excuse.

“This father was supposed to protect his innocent baby daughter but instead he allegedly violently and senselessly took her life and then assaulted her mother when she tried to come to her rescue,” Gonzalez said. “I intend to hold him fully accountable for this unspeakable crime.”

Taylor was ordered to return to court on July 27 and is being held without bail.

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