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Man who shook five-month-old daughter faces 11 year sentence

The story dates back to March when Caroline Ann Moran was found unresponsive in an upstairs apartment on Calhoun Street.

Posted: Jun 22, 2018 5:18 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A Fort Wayne man is facing an 11 year sentence after shaking his five-month-old daughter.

Dakota Moran, 22, pleaded guilty to battery back in April. He was sentenced Friday morning to seven years in prison and three years of probation. He will have to maintain good behavior for the final year of his sentence. The judge also ordered Moran to have no contact with his daughter.

The story dates back to March when Caroline Ann Moran was found unresponsive in an upstairs apartment on Calhoun Street. An investigation found she was left in her dad's care. The baby was placed in a medically induced coma, and her grandma said she will never be the same.

"She probably won't be 100 percent, but we'll get her as close as possible," said Jamie Lucas.

Lucas is putting Caroline through physical and speech therapy. Dakota Moran reportedly shook the baby, causing brain bleeds, seizures, and retinal damage to her left eye.

Lucas said she wanted more time on his sentence but told FOX 55, "I'll take what I can get at this point."

Caroline's mom was in the courtroom, but declined to speak to the judge after Moran said she vowed to stick by his side.

Lucas said she knew her daughter would stay with Moran.

"I knew she would. I will take this directly to DCS after leaving here today," she said.

Lucas said the next step is to continue working with Caroline. She's also getting a lawyer to file for full custody.

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