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Jonathan Miano, The Times

CROWN POINT — Khabaugh Musgrave was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with aggravated battery and battery resulting in the death of a child on allegations he shook his infant daughter to death.

Gary police learned the morning of March 6 that a 1-year-old girl was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus after she was found unresponsive in her home in the 4400 block of East Sixth Avenue in Gary, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Doctors told police Najae Musgrave had eye and head injuries that suggested she was violently shaken, the affidavit states.

Najae was transported to a Chicago hospital, where she was pronounced brain dead on March 8, according to the affidavit.

Musgrave, 23, told police he arrived home from work about 7:30 a.m. March 6 and slept until the mother of his two children left for work at 8:30 a.m., the affidavit states.

The father said he checked on his children and ate some food, and then told the children to take a nap so he could sleep more, according to the affidavit.

He said he awoke at 11 a.m. and picked up Najae, but found the child could not lift her head and had labored breathing, the affidavit states.

He said he then called the children's mother, who called 911, the affidavit states.

When told about Najae's injuries, Musgrave denied shaking the girl, but said he may have playfully tossed the child into the air when he came home from work, according to the affidavit.

He suggested he may have handled the child too roughly, the affidavit states.

The Indiana Department of Child Services had investigated an allegation of child abuse against Musgrave and the child's mother in May 2016, according to the affidavit.

The outcome of that investigation is not detailed in the affidavit.

Musgrave's bond is set at $50,000.

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Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.