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