Suspect charged with homicide on death of 4-year-old struck by houseboat

(Source:KXXV Viewer)
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Temple, TX (KAUZ) - 43-year-old Jason Bernal from Killeen who was arrested on the night a 4-year-old died after being struck by a houseboat has been charged with criminal negligent homicide.

4-year-old Katlyn Oliver died from her injuries on June 23 at 7:45 at Scott and White Hospital according to Temple PD.

Justice of the Peace, David Barfield has ordered an autopsy for Oliver.

Oliver and her father were taken to the hospital after being run over by a houseboat, at Temple Lake Park on Lake Belton on June 23 at around 6:47 p.m.

Her father still remains in serious condition

According to Temple PD, the 4-year-old girl was playing in the water when a houseboat backed up and ran over her. She became tangled in the propeller, receiving lacerations all over her body. Temple police said that's when her father jumped in to save her, but became tangled up in the propeller as well.

The propeller amputated both of his legs.

Several agencies responded to the scene, including Temple Police Department, Temple Fire & Rescue, Morgan's Point Police, Morgan's Point Dive Team, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

Temple Lake Park is closed due to the investigation, no word yet on when it will reopen.

You can donate to Oliver's GoFundMe page here.

Temple police continue to investigate the case.

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