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3-year-old shot in head continues to improve

Posted at 6:48 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 16:28:56-05

While she won't be home for Thanksgiving, a little Port St. Lucie girl is providing a lot of joy this holiday for her family.

Three year-old Preslie Jean continues to make progress since she was shot in a road rage incident last month.

Family members shared video Wednesday of Preslie sitting up by herself for the first time.

“She did it so nonchalantly like it was nothing," said her grandmother Christie Nichols.  “These small minute by minute progress steps that are taking place are miraculous.”

Police continue to look for a black BMW with side blinkers in connection to Preslie Jean's injury.  She was sitting in her car seat in the overnight hours of October 28 when a bullet struck her in the head.  The shooting was the culmination of a road rage incident that started near Prima Vista Bouelvard and Floresta Drive, and ended off Bywood Avenue.

Nichols says her granddaughter is aware of her injury but isn't letting it get her down.

“She said ‘Nonnie I have a big boo on my head.  I said, ‘I know but it’s getting better every day isn’t it?”

Tee shirts in support of Preslie have been sold around the country.

Preslie still needs several weeks of therapy, but her family is confident the old Preslie will be back.

“She’s going to be walking out of that hospital room, out of that hospital on her own.  Back to being Preslie that we all love and care for," said Nichols.