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Toddler back home after being shot in Henderson

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Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 4:02 PM CST
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - The two-year-old girl hit by a bullet in the back of her mom’s car in Henderson is back home recovering.

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Her parents, Jon and Kayla Lindsey, say she had to go through several extensive surgeries to repair the damage to her leg.

They say they weren’t sure she was going to make it, but now she’s making progress every day.

New information from arrest documents show more details about the shooting.

Around 1 a.m. Nov. 29, police say a 911 caller reported the door to Darren Miller’s home was open and the lights were on.

Police say inside they found blood, broken glass, shell casings and an empty box to an AK-47.

Police say surveillance video from a nearby camera shows someone walk out of the home around the time of the shooting and there appears to be a flash, like a gunshot in the video.

The Lindseys say they’re just focusing on getting Phoenix the care she needs.

2-year-old Phoenix Lindsey can only play with her toys laying in her crib now, because she’s recovering from her injuries.

Her parents, Jon and Kayla have been at her side at all hours of the day.

“When it happened, when I heard about it, it was just pure panic,” said Jon. “I had a freak out whenever I got the call. Kayla had to calm me down so I could drive to the hospital and stuff.”

Jon and Kayla say Phoenix has been in and out of surgeries all week. They say she’s been making progress, but she’s not the girl she used be.

“She’s trying, she has moments where she’ll laugh, cut up, make jokes and be silly, but with the pain and stuff even being on pain medicine sometimes it’s just too much, and she’s in a bad mood and nothing pleases her, but being home has made a difference,” Jon said.

Police arrested Darren Miller in connection with the case Friday.

They say they went through Miller’s phone after he was arrested.

They say they found a text that said quote: “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to kill anyone. I hope they go to heaven.”

The Lindseys say they’ll need some time to accept an apology.

“Part of me wants to forgive and forget, but a part of me doesn’t,” said Jon. “Knowing some people sometimes, stress gets to them and they can’t take it no more and they lose sight of reality.”

For now, Phoenix’s progress and their community is what’s getting them through.

“People have added me on Facebook that I have no mutual friends with, don’t know, just to tell me they’ve been thinking about her and been praying for her,” said Jon. “It’s really awesome to see there’s still a lot of good people out there that care about people they don’t even know.”

The Lindseys say they have several trips to Indianapolis this month to follow up with Phoenix’s doctors.

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