Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping Is Recovering: Step-Father

"She got a little bit more energy," David Plunkett said.

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    Emreon Branford and her 5-year-old sister

    The step-father of the teenage girl who was shot multiple times in her sleep in northwest Miami-Dade said on Sunday that his step-daughter is recovering.

    "She got a little bit more energy," David Plunkett said.

    Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping in Bed: Cops

    [MI] Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping in Bed: Cops
    A 15-year-old girl was shot multiple times while she slept in the same room with her two siblings early Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade County, her step-father said. NBC 6 spoke with the girl's step-father David Plunkett and her friend Karen Sanchez. (Published Sunday, Apr 8, 2012)

    His 15-year-old step-daughter Emreon Branford was sleeping in the same bed as her 5-year-old sister when she was shot in her arm and breast, and grazed in the face. Her 9-year-old brother was sleeping in the same room.

    Authorities said someone apparently opened fire on the home, which the family has lived in for about one year, leaving at least a dozen bullet holes in the house's wall.

    Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping in Bed: Cops

    [MI] Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping in Bed: Cops
    The shooting occurred at NW 55th Terrace between 24th and 25th Aves. (Published Saturday, Apr 7, 2012)

    "I knew the girl," said friend and neighbor Karen Sanchez. "To me it's very shocking how someone could do something like that cause we were really close, and I can't picture to know that someone would hurt her in such a way. She goes to school, and she does everything she's supposed to."

    Plunkett told NBC 6 that Branford is still in intensive care and has blood in her brain and in her eyes. He said he is not sure when she will go into surgery, but that she has CT scans and x-rays scheduled.

    Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping In Bed: Cops

    [MI] Teenage Girl Shot While Sleeping In Bed: Cops
    A 15-year-old girl was shot multiple times while she slept in the same room with her two siblings early Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade County, her step-father David Plunkett said. NBC 6 spoke with the man as he described the shooting. (Published Saturday, Apr 7, 2012)

    "Doctors are keeping a close eye on her," he said.

    The girl's step-father also said that the family has not had rest since the incident.

    "We're hanging in there," Plunkett said. "We haven't been back to sleep. It's been back and forth. This is the routine."