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Mother's boyfriend charged in toddler's death

A Grant County man was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge in the January death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old daughter, Kentucky State Police said.

Police say Douglas Barnhill, 24, of Crittenden had been taking care of 1-year-old Kiara Smith on Jan. 4 when she was injured, police said. Kiara's mother, whom Barnhill had been dating for about six months, was at a funeral. Police have not identified the child's mother.

State police were called to St. Luke Hospital in Florence Jan. 4 to investigate Kiara's death. Barnhill told police that she had fallen and struck her head.

The state medical examiner determined that the child died from blows to the head.

Barnhill is being held at the Grant County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

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