HOBART — Family members say the father of a 9-year-old girl fatally shot Saturday was showing them a firearm in the bedroom when the gun went off, a Hobart police spokesman said Saturday night.
Hobart officers responded about 5 p.m. to Olivia Hummel's home in the 100 block of East 10th Avenue to find the father and Olivia, his daughter, lying in the floor of a bedroom, Lt. James Gonzales said.
The girl was unresponsive and had an apparent gunshot wound to her head, he said. An officer began CPR, he added.
The father was subsequently taken into custody for questioning, police said. He requested to speak to a lawyer and now is being housed at the Lake County jail, Gonzales said.
Police plan to present charges of child neglect and possibly reckless homicide on Monday with the Lake County prosecutor's office, Gonzales said.
The girl's brothers said they were in the room, too, when the shooting occurred, according to police. They said their father had been showing them a firearm and the firearm discharged, striking his daughter in the head, Gonzales said.
Hobart fire paramedics transported the girl to a local hospital. Hummel was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m. at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
The cause of death is a gunshot wound. The manner of death is pending, according to the Lake County coroner's office.
Lake County's CSI unit is assisting in the investigation, as is Hobart police and fire, according to a Lake County coroner's news release.
This investigation is ongoing, Gonzales said.