Coney Island baby dies after beating on Father's Day, hospital says

Henrietta Strickland
June 26, 2017

Sixteen-month-old Nylah's battle to survive began on Father's Day when a 911 caller reported that the girl's mother had been chased and assaulted by her daughter's dad.

On Sunday, Nylah had been left in the care of her father, Shaquan Taylor, 19, who admitted to police he was the only one with her at the Coney Island apartment on West 32nd Street, near Surf Avenue, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Taylor texted Nylah's mother on Father's Day and said there was something wrong with the baby.

In July 2016, Lewis obtained a court order against Taylor to prohibit him from stalking or otherwise harassing her.

Taylor spoke with the Daily News from jail and denied ever harming the child. He faces at least seven years in prison if convicted on the felony charge, records said.

Taylor, 18, allegedly injured the toddler after her mom, Tammy Lewis - who was formerly in a relationship with Taylor - dropped her off at his home, so they could spend time together for Father's Day. He has been indicted for first-degree assault but prosecutors will seek to upgrade those charges in light of the child's death, according to a spokesperson for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.

A June 20 New York Daily News report wrote that Taylor frequently took to social media to express that he wished Nylah had never been born.

Lewis immediately picked up her daughter and ran out of the apartment upon seeing her face up on the couch struggling to breathe. "Told that lil b-h to get abortion (and) she tells me she is but still keep it".

The teenage mother said she was criticized for having a child at such a young age but vowed to persevere. Exactly why I hate that lil b***h.

Responding officers arrested Taylor. He was also accused of beating the girl's mother.

In another post he said: "I didn't even want to have a baby by her (and) it's sad to say, but f- it, s- happens". "Why would I hit her?" Just f--d (that) hotty a-, that's it.

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