Toddler struck by tree limb at day care


A damaged fence marks the area where a tree limb fell and struck a 2-year-old at Crayons day care in Winder.

WINDER, Ga. - A toddler is recovering from brain surgery after being struck by a tree limb Monday morning.

The incident happened at Crayons day care on Church Street in Winder, according to the city’s fire chief. Two-year-old Tripp Halstead was taken to Barrow Regional Medical Center, but was later flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for further treatment.

"When the tree hit him, it cracked his skull so they had to go in surgery," the boy’s aunt, Crystal Condon, told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

The owner of the day care said there was a nearby nurse who tended to Tripp until rescue workers arrived.

"Right now, he's in an induced coma, so they have had him on life support and everything, but we're not sure when they take that off what's going to happen," Cordon said.

After he underwent brain surgery, doctors said the swelling was worse than thought, but the family is taking it hour by hour. Cordon said they are hoping for the best.

“We're just praying, and everyone here, and we're praying as hard as we possibly can that he will come through this," Cordon said.

Category 1 hurricane Sandy is being blamed for fueling strong wind gusts in parts of Georgia that knocked out tree limbs and power for thousands of people. Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said metro Atlanta is under a wind advisory until 8 a.m. Tuesday for winds at least 20-30 mph and gusts up to 35 mph.

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