2 in custody after 2-year-old girl fatally shot in Gary

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GARY, Ind. -- Two people are in custody after a 2-year-old girl who was shot in the head in Indiana died.

The toddler, identified as Jayla Miller, was shot in the 1700 block of Polk Street around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police found the toddler with a gunshot wound to the head in a room the family was renting.

According to a release from police, the girl was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary for treatment. She was then airlifted in critical condition to Comer’s Children Hospital in Chicago for treatment. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, she died around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The girl's 22-year-old mother and the mom's 39-year-boyfriend were taken into custody. No charges have been filed. Police said they are still interviewing family members.

The girl's mother has three other kids who are now in protective custody.


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