After months of rehabilitation and custody fights, an Omaha man has been reunited with his three young daughters.
It’s been a difficult year for the Stanley family.
Marionna is in 4th grade, Angelina is in 2nd grade and Amelia started kindergarten.
In January, the three girls lost their mother Jessica in a fatal car crash in Omaha.
Unsure of his injuries, doctors put their father in a coma. Days later -- the girls found themselves in Mississippi with a relative they didn't know well.
"I fractured my c-5 which is breathing machine and not being able to walk the rest of your life type stuff,” said their father, Harry Stanley. “I had a guardian angel that night."
After months of rehabilitation and court fights, Harry Stanley finally took custody of his girls this summer. "I couldn't imagine being in that position -- at that age."
Without the love of his life around, raising three girls alone seemed impossible. So he moved from Omaha to Des Moines, Iowa. He has both sets of grandparents to lean on.
With his family reconnected, it doesn't mean past forgotten.
"Amelia came into my bedroom the other night because she missed mommy,” said Harry Stanley. “It was tough. I told her to grab a blanket and crawl into bed. I miss her too. But at the same time, I can't get too emotional about it because I know my feelings will pass to them."
Des Moines is where Harry Stanley grew up. "They're doing well in school which made me happy -- since children are often a reflection of their parents."
The family is still disappointed with how the system worked against them when it came to their daughters being taken to Mississippi for reasons never explained by the state and investigators.
They hope their story can serve as a lesson for those who make these decisions.