Griffith woman charged after daughter shot at Illinois party

May 29, 2018

A Griffith woman has been charged after police say she accidentally shot her 5-year-old daughter during a party at a suburban Chicago home.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Andrea Cunningham-Ellis turned herself in to Lansing police on Tuesday. Police said she arrived with her attorney and refused to answer questions about the April 2 shooting.

Cunningham-Ellis is charged with one felony count of reckless conduct. She was scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing Friday.

Police said Cunningham-Ellis was handling a gun during the party when it went off. A shot struck her daughter, who was sleeping.

The girl was taken to a Munster hospital and later transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She’s since been released and is recovering from her injuries.


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