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10-month-old daughter dies after being sexually assaulted by father in Montgomery County


A 29-year-old Austin Stevens has been arrested after sexually assaulting his 10-month old daughter in Montgomery County. The innocent little girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The 10-month-old girl

10-month old Zara Scruggs was sexually assaulted and suffered blunt force trauma to her head. Montgomery County’s deputies say she was found unresponsive at home Saturday night.

According to the reports, the father, Austin Stevens’ phone showed multiple Google searches for nearly an hour before calling 911 with subjects that included “If baby stop breathing,” “What if you don’t hear baby heart or beat,” “My baby isn’t breathing,” and “How do you know if a baby is dead.”

“This case is deeply disturbing. It is hard to imagine this child’s death being any more traumatic: sexual assault on an infant, followed by inaction by the father to save her life, led to her death,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.


Austin Stevens faces involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, rape of a child, aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and related charges. Austin is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.


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