T.J. McDougal says his son Tye is making progress. Next week, an unlicensed child care worker will learn her fate for the injury that sent Tye to the hospital last fall.
Tye's mother, Megan McDougal, says her son was the perfect baby, "vibrant, rolling, you know, happy. A smile that, I don't know, melts my heart -- I think anybody's."
That all changed in October, when Tye McDougal was six months old. His femur in his left leg was broken at an in-home daycare center in La Vista owned by Susan Strater.
Strater faces up to a year in prison for negligent child abuse. She's scheduled to be sentenced next week.
The McDougals say Tye spent six weeks in a half-body cast in an effort to allow his bone to heal.
T.J. says, "He's starting to pull himself up more. He's crawling and, you know, trying to do those types of things. So that's very positive for us."
With his amazing progress, comes guilt for Megan who tells us, "I feel part of the healing process is for us to share our story, build an awareness and help other parents and other children so they won't have to go through what we've been through."
She has some advice for any parent looking to find a daycare center.
"Know your baby. Know their reaction when you drop them off. If they can't tell you in words they're gonna communicate in some way."
The McDougals say their trust in traditional daycare has been shaken. Tye is now being watched by his grandparents.
Meagan did do her homework on Susan Strater. That included asking her if she were licensed. She says Strater told her that she was. Now she says she wishes that she would have demanded to see the actual license.