A Columbus man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly beating his 8-month-old daughter to death last November in Hancock County.

Austin D. Hammond, 22, was indicted on charges of murder, an unclassified felony, and endangering children, a second-degree felony.

The alleged abuse occurred Nov. 4, 2017. The girl was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital at 8 p.m. that night.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said the girl, Elaina Hammond, suffered a head trauma so severe that she was transferred by medical helicopter from Blanchard Valley Hospital to Nationwide Childrens Hospital in Columbus.

She died three days later in Columbus.

Riegle said there was no 911 call, and police were notified of the girls injuries by the hospital. The girls mother was not present when the alleged abuse occurred.

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