Great-grandmother of Brooklyn girl beaten on Father's Day: 'That was a happy, beautiful baby'

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A 16-month-old Brooklyn girl has been fighting for her life for nearly a week after police say she was beaten unconscious by her dad on Father's Day.

Nylah Lewis remains in grave condition at Maimonides Medical Center with a fractured skull, and now, her great-grandmother is sharing new details about the heartbreaking tragedy while her family keeps vigil.

"It's bad," Janice Munford said. "We never thought this would happen to our family."

She says the family that never saw this coming, describing little Nylah as a joyful girl whose father, Shaquan Taylor, is behind bars.

"This boy had to plan this, to hurt this little girl," Munford said. "Why would you hurt a little innocent baby like that?"

Police say the baby's mother, 17-year-old Tammy Lewis, picked her up from a visit with Taylor but then raced her out of his Coney Island apartment building because she was unresponsive.

Munford said two lives were actually in grave danger at that point.

"Tammy had to go up in there, not knowing her baby was hurt like that, and grab her baby and ran down 12 flights of stairs with that baby on her arm, taking two and three stairs, running down the stairs," she said. "And he snatched the baby, gave it to some stranger to hold, and then he started beating her up."

She said Lewis suffered a black eye and needed stitches, and while she will recover physically, the emotional pain for her and the family is unfathomable. Nylah's condition has not improved since the incident, and doctors fear she may not survive.

"That was a happy, beautiful baby," Munford said, sobbing. "To beat her like that, she's brain dead...She's not going to make it. And it's sad, the way he beat her."
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