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Colorado Springs boy, 5, remains in coma after nearly drowning in hot tub

October 8, 2013 Updated: October 9, 2013 at 7:43 am
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Jayden Huller and his mother, Crystal. (photo courtesy of Crystal Huller)

Jayden Huller, 5, remained in a coma at Children's Hospital in Denver Tuesday, his brain swollen after suffering damage from a near-drowning in a hot tub in Breckenridge.

His mother, Crystal Huller, and his father, Ryan Marck, were holding out hope as their little boy underwent brain scans Tuesday.

"We're trying to remain positive and just be here for Jayden," Huller, 25, said. "We don't want to go down the path of anger."

Jayden and his brother Jeremy, 3, were at Grand Lodge in Breckenridge Saturday with their foster parents when he was found face down in a hot tub, unconscious. It's not clear how long Jayden had been under water.

"One doctor said it had to have been longer than a minute because of how much water he had in his lungs, they had to revive him before they could even airlift him to the hospital," she said. "The biggest concern is that he hasn't been sedated this whole time and he just hasn't woken up."

On Monday, Marck, 23, attended an emergency hearing at the El Paso County courthouse stemming from the weekend's drowning incident. Jayden and Jeremy were removed from their parents' custody in March and had since been living with foster parents in Fountain. Breckenridge police confirmed an investigation was ongoing, but provided little detail about whether criminal charges were being considered.

Marck said the boys were removed by the Department of Human Services after an anonymous tip reported their home was unsafe and a custody battle ensued. After a case worker's visit revealed their utilities were cut off and the parents failed to produce the children at a court hearing, Jayden and his brother were handed over to foster care.

Huller and Marck, and grandmother Andrea Konig have visitation rights during the week and every other weekend. Jeremy was turned over to Konig following Monday's hearing, while the foster parents are being investigated by DHS and Breckenridge police.

Jayden's grandmother insisted the drowning was accidental and said she felt horrible for his foster parents.

"They are just devastated, they really love the boys," Konig said. "I knew they were going up to Breckenridge, they wanted to take them to the mountains, the zoo, to have fun with them and bring back a bunch of photos to show us."

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