1

Funds established for Winder boy recovering from tree limb incident

The young Winder boy struck by a falling tree limb Monday continued to battle for his life Wednesday, as the family has taken to social networking to thank a growing number of supporters.

Tripp Halstead, 2, was at the Cribs to Crayons daycare facility in Winder Monday when a large limb broke off of a tree and hit a fence before striking him in the head. The boy's skull was cracked and brain surgery was performed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

On a Facebook page titled "Tripp Halstead Updates," the youngster's family members wrote Wednesday that he was "still very critical, taking it minute by minute." Tripp's intercranial pressure -- brain swelling, in layman's terms -- is constantly being monitored.

Tripp's mother, Stacy, posted on the Facebook page late Wednesday afternoon.

"(A lot) of you don't know us, but we tried for many years to have a baby and with the help of some wonderful doctors, we were able to have Tripp," she wrote. "He is one of a kind and the most amazing, wonderful, happy little toddler you will ever meet. He is our whole world."

"There can never be too many prayers for my baby," she continued. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart. He is still very critical and they are updating us hour to hour."

As of Wednesday night, more than 5,500 people "liked" the update page.

Several ways to donate to the family have also been established. Those interested can donate via PayPal through the aforementioned Facebook page, or can also contribute to the Tripp H. Halstead Fund at PNC Bank.

Those wishing to send cards or letters to the Halsteads can address them to: The Halstead Family, c/o The Riney Family, 81 Carl Cedar Hill Road, Winder, Ga., 30680.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, meanwhile, is "conducting a thorough investigation of the incident," chief communications officer Reg Griffin said.

Cribs and Crayons has been licensed with DECAL since 2008 and was compliant with licensing rules at a previous location on May Street.

The daycare center was assessed on Oct. 18, shortly after moving to a new location on the same street, and met all licensing requirements -- including those for proper fencing, etc. -- except one mandating up-to-date criminal background checks on employees, documents showed.

"Because this is an open investigation, I cannot comment further," Griffin said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Tripp Halstead and his family and we join the entire community in hoping for his full recovery."