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Dad gets 25 years in shaken baby death

February 6, 2019

A Huntington man who admitted to shaking his 2-month-old daughter, killing her, last year was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Kevin N. Tucker had been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and aggravated battery but pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to the battery charge as part of a plea agreement. The agreement called for the neglect charge to be dropped, and Tucker was sentenced Monday in Huntington Circuit Court.

He was the girl’s caretaker March 24 until she was taken to a hospital the next day, according to court documents. The girl, identified in the documents by her initials, P.T., cried all night, and her father lost his temper.

Tucker shook the girl several times, picked her up from her crib and threw her to his bed, investigators said.

He used his phone to search shaken baby syndrome before calling 911, a probable cause affidavit states, and emergency crews who responded to the home at Cedar Run Apartments found the infant unresponsive.

She died March 27, and the cause of death was ruled blunt force trauma.

Tucker first told police he was holding his daughter and she rolled off the bed, hitting her head on the floor.

He later said he lied, court documents said.

He was ordered to spend 10 years on probation after his sentence is completed, court records said.

mleblanc@jg.net

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