Man charged with neglect after Lebanon toddler fatally shoots sister

A northwestern Indiana man has been charged with felony neglect after police say a 3-year-old boy fatally shot his 4-year-old sister with the suspect’s gun in the family’s home.

Sixty-three-year-old Darrell Marberry of East Chicago was arrested last week and is being held in the Lake County Jail pending extradition to Boone County.

Lebanon police have said Izabella-Marie Helem was being cared for by her grandmother in Lebanon on Nov. 29 when her brother found a handgun and shot the girl in the head. She died five days later.

Police said Marberry left the handgun on the floor under a couch on the morning of the shooting. Marberry is the ex-husband of the grandmother and had been sleeping on the couch.

Online court records don’t list an attorney who can comment on Marberry’s behalf.

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