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Friday, October 24, 2008

Pressly improving UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM

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Anne Pressly's father, Guy Cannady (at right in photo), talked about her injuries in an interview today with ABC. 

The photo is from his meeting with local press later in the day. The ABC report said virtually every bone in her face was broken by a home intruder. She also broke her left hand, perhaps by attempting to fight off her attacker, who entered her Club Road home sometime between roughly 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday. Pressure on her brain is lessening, her father said, but she remains unresponsive verbally.

Cannady said the severity of the injuries raised questions about motives, suggesting that she was specifically targeted rather than a random victim. Cannady revealed that he'd begun making the parents' standard morning wakeup call at 3 a.m. Monday -- Pressly is the morning anchor at KATV -- and there was no response. That led to the check at her house by her mother, who was visiting Little Rock from South Carolina.

Police still say the only potential motive they have so far is robbery, because of her missing purse. But that doesn't rule anything in or out about whether the attacker knew Pressly, at least by dint of her high-profile job.

Cannady and Dr. Clifton Johnson (at left in photo), a clinical care specialist at St. Vincent, met local press briefly at the hospital. Not much in the way of new information. The doctor said Pressly remained unconscious, but was moving her limbs and seemed physically responsive in other ways. She has been heavily sedated to keep her condition stable, but doctors have been decreasing the sedation. They are "guardedly optimistic" about her recovery.

Cannady wouldn't comment about the progress of the investigation and what the family might have learned from police about video made at a service station where Pressly's credit card was used not long after she was beaten.

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