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Plea bargain on the table for father accused of beating 1-year-old to death

Plea bargain on the table for father accused of beating 1-year-old to death

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CROWN POINT — Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to a man accused of beating his 1-year-old daughter to death after she was returned to his home following previous allegations of abuse.

Kahbaugh Musgrave's defense attorney, Kerry Connor, and Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Nadia Wardrip* did not discuss specifics of the proposed plea agreement during a hearing Tuesday.

Connor asked for another month to review the proposal with Musgrave, 26, of Gary. 

Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray set Musgrave's next hearing for Oct. 29.

Musgrave was charged in March 2017 with two counts of felony battery alleging he abused 15-month-old Najae Musgrave on March 6, 2017, at the family's residence in the 4400 block of Sixth Avenue in Gary.

Indiana Department of Child Services records obtained by The Times showed the girl was reportedly abused, removed from the household and then put back into the home where the initial abuse allegedly occurred before she was killed.

Najae was declared brain dead March 8 at Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, where she was treated for head and eye injuries associated with shaken baby syndrome.

Musgrave told investigators he didn't intentionally hurt the child. He suggested he handled her too roughly and blamed his young son with causing the injuries, court records allege.

He offered similar explanations when the girl was injured in May 2016, records show.

Musgrave remains in custody on a $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash bond.

* Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the name of Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Nadia Wardrip. The Times regrets the error.

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