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Arlington Man Murdered Baby When She Wouldn’t Stop Crying

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Austin Crawford, 27, convicted of killing his girlfriend’s baby when she wouldn’t stop crying.  (credit: Tarrant County Sheriff)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - An Arlington man has been sentenced to life prison for beating his girlfriend’s infant daughter to death because she would not stop crying.

It only took the jury 10 minutes to decide 27-year-old Austin Crawford’s fate after convicting him of murder. Prosecutors say Crawford was watching 10-month old Kaylee Miller while her mother was at work on December 29, 2011.

Police say Crawford and his girlfriend found the baby blue and unresponsive when they woke up the next morning. Crawford later told police the baby was crying and he shook her to get her to stop. However, a coroner determined the infant had been hit four or five times in the head with or against an object.

Crawford must serve 30 years in prison before he’s eligible for parole.

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