INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana man faces felony neglect charges in connection with an accident in which a 4-year-old girl was fatally shot by her 3-year-old brother.

Darrell W. Marberry, 63, of Lake County  was arrested at his East Chicago home last week on charges stemming from the Nov. 29 shooting at a home in Lebanon, about 30 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Officials said 4-year-old Izabella-Marie A. Helem was being cared for by her
grandmother and the grandmother’s ex-husband, identified as Marberry. Marberry had been staying at the residence and was sleeping on the couch.

Police said Marberry left a handgun on the floor under the couch on the morning of the shooting.

The girl was shot once by a bullet that struck her left shoulder blade and the right side of her head, police said. Investigators are awaiting the autopsy results to determine the entrance wound and exit wound.

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Marberry is currently being held in the Lake County Jail where he is awaiting extradition
to Boone County Jail.

No one else has been charged in the incident.

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