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Milwaukee father allegedly shot daughter to death after drinking 2 pints of tequila

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MILWAUKEE — The father of an 8-year-old Milwaukee girl has been charged with fatally shooting her.

Michael Huddleston, 47, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the Jan. 15 death of Tiana Huddleston. A criminal complaint says Huddleston told detectives his daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time when his gun accidentally discharged.

The girl’s 18-year-old brother called 911 to report the shooting and that Huddleston was on the way to the hospital with Tiana. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, doctors approached Huddleston and told him that Tiana had died. The complaint says Huddleston repeatedly told officers and detectives to take him to jail.

The complaint said Huddleston later told detectives he drank two pints of tequila and he wanted to teach the kids a lesson in gun safety and grabbed his gun, checked that the safety was on and that there was nothing in the clip. When Huddleston put the clip back in the gun and squeezed the trigger, the girl was struck in the chest by a bullet, according to the complaint.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has also charged Huddleston with use of dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

If convicted, Huddleston faces up to 70 years in prison. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Family and friends of Tiana Huddleston gathered Tuesday evening outside the home where she was killed. The child’s aunt, LaToya Singleton, shared that Tiana was nonverbal autistic but that didn’t stop the 8-year-old from communicating her love, the Journal Sentinel reported.

“Tiana would walk up to you and it’s all hands, she would rub your face, she’d want to kiss your face,” Singleton said.

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