A six-year-old girl is dead after being accidentally shot in the head while her father was cleaning a handgun last night just outside of Livonia. 

Last night at approximately 10:30 pm., the Washington County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a residence located 5007 South PD Baker Road in Washington County.

The deceased child is identified as Makayla S. Bowling, six years of age, from the above mentioned address.   

The caller reported that a six year old female had been shot in the head in an accidental shooting.  

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene and the child was transported by air ambulance to the Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Shortly upon arrival at the hospital, the child was pronounced dead.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department requested detectives and crime scene investigators from the Indiana State Police to assist in their investigation of the incident.

Preliminarily, state police detectives learned that the female child’s father was cleaning a handgun inside the residence and thought it was unloaded. The firearm discharged striking the child.

It is not known what type of handgun it was. 

This case is still under investigation however, at this time, Indiana State Police Detectives do not feel as though foul play was involved.