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Judge hands father 25 years in shaking death of baby

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) - A man arrested in the shaking death of his baby daughter last March has been sentenced.

Kevin N. Tucker was sentenced to 25 year in prison followed by 10 years on probation related to the death of his 2-month-old daughter.

Just after 4:30 a.m. March 25, Huntington Police responded to Cedar Run Apartments on a report of an unresponsive 2-month-old infant girl. The baby was taken to Parkview Huntington Hospital and was later airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center.

She died two days later.

An autopsy on the young child showed her death was caused by blunt force trauma, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Huntington Police detectives interviewed Tucker, and afterward, he was booked into the Huntington County Jail.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Tucker initially told police the baby rolled of the bed and hit her head on the floor.

Later, he told police he lied.

He said he shook the baby multiple times during the night and picked the child up from the crib threw the child on his bed, according to court documents. He said baby was crying at the time and he said he lost his temper.

Before calling 911 he told police he used his phone to search Shaken Baby Syndrome, according to court documents.

The child's mother told WANE 15 that Tucker was her fiance and the father of the baby. The were together for four years. She said she did not see any signs of abuse but her family did warn her about Tucker. She did not elaborate on what they said.

Tucker pleaded guilty to Aggravated Battery Resulting in Death, a Level 1 felony, In January.

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