SOUTH SACRAMENTO --
These days, De Angelo Mansion is clinging to memories of his baby girl Aubriella.
"She likes to run a lot, do makeup, her hair. She loves to look into the mirror and play with her hair," he said.
Now he's confronting a harsh new reality about his daughter.
"It went through her jaw, a part of her face into her eye, and then her brain,"said Mansion.
He's talking about the bullet that sheriff's deputies say landed his 2-year-old in critical condition Monday in an upstairs bedroom of a home on Sacramento's Countryfield Drive.
"I was shocked. I couldn't cry. I was just really hurt inside," said Mansion.
According to Mansion, the child's mother had been staying at the home briefly after an eviction with her friend Linda, Linda's boyfriend and his mother.
Investigators say there were two other adult women at the house at the time of the shooting aside from Aubriella's mom, Annique Davis.
No one has been arrested, no gun has been found.
Deputies suspect the child may have shot herself, but they aren't getting much cooperation from those who were inside the home.
Mansion and Davis haven't been a couple for three years, and he says Davis has been neglectful with both of their kids.
"There's been times my kids would burn themselves with curling irons. My son, when he was about Aubriella's age, he turned on the stove and touched the stove while she was in the room," he said.
He says Davis never told him about the shooting Monday and hadn't seen her daughter or spoken to anyone in her family until late Thursday evening -- information relatives shared with FOX40 after speaking with her by phone.
"From what I understand, there was also another woman there, the mother of one of the suspects' boyfriend. She had been yelling at them to shut up and be quiet as a result of them hearing the gun go off and seeing her lying in a pool of blood," said Annique's older sister, Alyssa Davis.
Alyssa Davis and Mansion believe someone in the house is hiding the gun that shot Aubriella because another occupant there is currently facing gun and drug charges.
"If you have a prior like that, I'm assuming somebody is being protected," said Alyssa Davis.
"I wouldn't be hiding nothing for her friend, for nothing, 'cause that's an innocent little girl and she doesn't deserve this at all," said Mansion.