With medical bills mounting, a fund has been set up to help the family of Matthew Crider, who sustained permanent brain damage at the hands of his father, a former state trooper.
Medical bills have been piling up since Matthew was injured as a 9-week-old in January.
"I can't tell you how much paperwork and bills I have received," said his mother, JaCie Crider. "I have a folder full of paperwork."
To help offset the cost for the family, a fund has been set up that will help pay the medical bills.
Donations are being accepted at First National Bank of the Rockies in care of Matthew Crider. The bank has branches in Craig, Hayden, Oak Creek, Meeker and Rangely.
"We are grateful," Crider said of the fund. "Every little bit helps. The donations will be a tremendous benefit."
Doctors have described Matthew's medical condition as "brain dead."
He is able to breath on his own, but doctors believe he will not develop cognitive skills. Doctors have told Crider that in 20 years Matthew will be a 20-year-old baby, she said. Matthew also has problems with his vision.
"Matthew for the rest of his life will have ongoing medical bills," she said.
Matthew's father, former Colorado State Patrol trooper Wesley Crider, is serving six years in prison after pleading guilty to child abuse resulting in serious injury through criminal negligence.
He will also serve an additional year for violation of a restraining order.
Crider claims he put his youngest son down "roughly on a futon" at his Westwind townhouse in Hayden the night of Jan. 14.
Doctors, who treated Matthew, did not believe Crider's story. They believe the infant's injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
JaCie Crider is thankful a fund has been set up to help her family.
"We appreciate everybody that is willing to help," she said.
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Donations are to be sent to the First National Bank of the Rockies in care of Matthew Crider. Donations will be accepted at following bank branches: Craig, 600 Yampa Ave.; Hayden, 252 W. Jefferson Ave.; Oak Creek, 200 S. Sharp Ave.; Meeker, 504 Main St.; Rangely, 222 W. Main St. For more information, call (970) 824-6531 or (877) 277-5757.