Prosecutor: Coney Island toddler injured on Father's Day may not survive

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The father of a toddler who was badly beaten on Father's Day was arraigned overnight, as his daughter clings to life.

Shaquan Taylor, 18, is accused of beating 16-month-old Nylah Lewis in a Coney Island apartment as part of an ongoing domestic dispute with the mother.

He is charged with two counts of assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Police said Taylor was watching his daughter Sunday when he claims she fell off a bed. He messaged the baby's mother, 17-year-old Tammy Lewis, on Facebook. She arrived to find Nylah badly injured, and tried to call 911, but police said Taylor hit her, then ran away.

They found him a few blocks away, hiding in some bushes, and arrested him.

Nylah is in critical condition at Maimonides Hospital with a fractured skull, swollen eyes and bruises. According to court documents, doctors said her injuries could not have come from a fall but were intentionally inflicted. Authorities said her outlook was not good.

"The child is not expected to live past the next 24 hours," prosecutors said at Taylor's arraignment.

Officials expect upgraded charges in the event Lewis passes away.

"Right now, the child still continues to survive," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. "Charges will change if anything happens to that child."

Tammy Lewis was hospitalized after she was punched in the face, but has since been treated and released.

Taylor has five previous arrests. In 2015, he was charged with sexual misconduct, while his girlfriend was only 14. In April 2016, he was charged with harassing her, while their daughter was just 2 months old. An order of protection was issued last July.

Detectives are investigating the assault as part of an ongoing domestic dispute between Taylor and Lewis.
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