The family of six-year-old Taelor Fentress, who was shot in the face by a stray bullet Thursday, says her recovery will take time.
Taelor was celebrating her sixth birthday at a friend's house when a bullet went through the house near 41st and Ida Streets and struck her.
"I received a phone call telling me that my daughter had been shot in the face," says Ana Fentress, Taelor's mother. Ana says she just left the party to go home, but left Taelor there with several other children. Then she heard the news.
"I just thought about the first time I saw her take her first breath and brought her into this life and I just couldn't imagine not seeing her breathing anymore. I couldn't imagine that," says Ana.
Taelor was taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center by private vehicle. She was later transferred to Children's Hospital and Medical Center and has since been released.
Taelor received reconstructive and plastic surgery to her face. Her family says she still has to get surgery to remove the remaining bullet fragments in her face, but they are grateful she is alive.
"We're angry, but I just don't want to believe in my heart that they intended to do that to a child," says Tillie Fentress, Taelor's grandmother.
Police have not yet made any arrests; however, they have identified persons of interest. Surveillance video of the suspect's vehicle shows a light-colored SUV.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or you can use the link on the WOWT Crime Stoppers page. Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest.
The family has set up a fund through American National Bank to help with Taelor's medical costs. You can donate by going to any branch and asking for the Taelor Fentress Recovery Fund.