Huddleston reportedly rushed the girl to a nearby hospital, where she soon died from her injuries. He was later charged with first-degree reckless homicide and felony firearm possession, according to local reports.
A criminal complaint filed by Milwaukee police alleges that Huddleston’s 13-year-old son told detectives his father was drunk at the time of the shooting. The 47-year-old also told police he was drinking tequila before the incident and agreed to give a blood sample for toxicology purposes.
“Just take me to jail,” Huddleston told police, according to the complaint. “I did it. I did it.”
8-Year-Old Accidentally Shot by Dad
In court documents, Milwaukee police wrote they were called just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday reporting that 8-year-old Tiana Huddleston had been shot, and that her father Michael was taking her to the hospital.
Authorities met Huddleston in the emergency room minutes later. Huddleston told detectives that his daughter was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He said he was trying to teach his children about gun safety using a handgun he owned, and that the safety was on and no round was loaded, when he accidentally pulled the trigger. The gun fired, striking his daughter in the chest.
“[I] shouldn’t have tried to do no extra in front of the kids,” he said, per the complaint. “I did it…I didn’t try to, big mistake.”
At that point, doctors informed Huddleston that Tiana had died from her injuries.
“I can’t believe this [expletive] happened […] I killed my own [expletive] daughter,” he reportedly said.
He admitted to police that he had been drinking earlier in the day, court documents allege, and he agreed to give a blood sample to investigators. At least one person in the home at the time of the shooting told detectives that Huddleston was drunk at the time of the shooting, according to reports.
Michael Huddleston Faces Felony Charges
Milwaukee police charged the 47-year-old dad with reckless homicide in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Online jail records claim he was taken into custody on Monday. It’s not clear when Huddleston is due back in court for his arraignment, and bail information was not immediately available on Thursday.
The homicide charge is a Class B felony under Wisconsin criminal statute, punishable by up to 60 years in prison if convicted. The gun possession count is considered a Class G felony under state law and could earn Huddleston 10 years behind bars or up to $25,000 if he is found guilty in court.
No information on Huddleston’s prior felony conviction was immediately available.
Tragedy Leaves Family in Mourning
LaToya Singleton, 8-year-old Tiana’s aunt, told reporters that her family will never be the same.
“We’re very family oriented, playing games,” she said. “This just changed the whole dynamic of our family.”
On a GoFundMe page set up Wednesday to help assist with funeral costs, Singleton wrote that Tiana had six brothers and sisters, all of whom were home when she was fatally shot.
As of Thursday, the crowd-funding effort has raised about $2,700 of its $8,395 goal.
“First to heal is to hurt,” said Singleton. “It just makes my stomach sick.”