MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Criminal investigators don’t see many happy endings, but Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman says the recovery of a 9-year-old who suffered a gunshot wound to his head one year ago gives him hope.

Joey Slaight was shot Jan. 2, 2015, by his mother, Morgan Slaight, a recovering methamphetamine addict who also shot Joey’s 6-year-old brother, Jaxon, before she shot herself. The mother died at the scene in Montfort, while the little brother died 11 days later.

Dreckman tells the Wisconsin State Journal nothing good usually comes from such tragedies, but Joey represents hope that a person can survive and move on.

While Joey is still disabled and is at a rehab center in Oklahoma, he’s talking in sentences and he’s running, jumping, laughing, completing puzzles and playing computer games.

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