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Killeen man charged in boating accident that killed 4-year-old

43-year-old Jason Bernal from Killeen is charged with criminal negligent homicide after a 4-year-old girl was killed after being run over by a houseboat. (Photo: Bell County Sheriff's Office)

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) -- Authorities in Central Texas have charged a man with criminal negligent homicide after a 4-year-old girl was killed and her father seriously injured when they were run over by a houseboat.

Forty-four-year-old Jason Bernal of Killeen was held over the weekend at the Bell County jail before posting bail and being released.

Katlyn Oliver died Friday evening after suffering severe lacerations from the propeller of the boat at Temple Lake Park.

Temple police say the legs of her 37-year-old father were amputated when he tried to help his daughter. The father, who has not been identified, was listed in serious condition Sunday.

Police in a statement Sunday did not specify whether Bernal was driving the houseboat.

It's not clear if he has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

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