Steamboat toddler who fell in creek remains in critical condition


— The child who fell into Butcherknife Creek on Saturday morning remained in critical condition Monday in the pediatric intensive care unit, according to Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae.

The 15-month-old child, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital in Denver on Saturday.

Just before 11 a.m. Saturday, police received reports of a missing child who had possibly fallen into the creek. Police say the child fell in near the alley between Oak and Pine streets and between Sixth and Seventh streets. The child was pulled out by his grandfather behind the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant about 400 feet downstream. From there, the creek goes underground traveling below Lincoln Avenue before daylighting at the Ghost Ranch Saloon near the Yampa River.

Police say the accident remains under investigation.


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