CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio toddler shot in the head seven weeks ago in an unsolved attack that killed her pregnant mother was recovering from her fourth surgery on Tuesday as investigators continued searching for answers.
Sixteen-month-old Aubree Stykes was doing well after the surgery, meant to relieve pressure on her brain and allow her wounds to heal, her grandmother, Mary Dodson, said Tuesday.
The family hopes it's the final surgery for Aubree, whose brain function appears to be the same as it was before the shooting, said the 46-year-old Dodson.
Investigators have made no arrests in the shooting death of Aubree's mother, 22-year-old Brittany Stykes, a married stay-at-home mom and former Bible school teacher who was five months pregnant.
Police thought they were responding to a car crash on Aug. 28 when someone saw Stykes' yellow Jeep Wrangler off the road in a wooded area in Ripley, some 45 miles southeast of Cincinnati in southern Ohio's Appalachian country.
Instead, they found Stykes dead and Aubree bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head, still strapped in her car seat.
Investigators with the Brown County sheriff's office have revealed few details about their investigation, including whether they think Stykes knew her attacker.
"We are making progress but it's baby steps," said Chief Deputy John Schadle. "We don't have that one major break in the case that we would like to see happen, that one piece of evidence that jumps out."
Part of the problem is investigators don't know where the shooting occurred, just where Stykes' car ended up. They've combed 2 miles of road with metal detectors looking for shell casings in an effort to pinpoint the spot, without success.
Schadle said the investigation remains very active.
"It's absolutely the No. 1 priority right now," he said. "But we can hurry up and make a bad decision and mess it up, or we can take our time and do it right."
Stykes' family is desperate for answers.
"I don't sleep at night. I cry every day and I know I will cry every day for the rest of my life," Dodson said. "I have to know who did it and why. I have to have justice."
Dodson and her husband say they have no idea who would have shot their daughter and granddaughter, adding that Stykes spent all of her time with her family and was eagerly awaiting the birth of her second child.
"Whoever did this was evil and they had no right to take what they took," Dodson said. "Brittany was only 22, she was an innocent ... It just doesn't make sense."
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