Children’s Wisconsin: 3 kids released, 10 kids still hospitalized following parade rampage

A hospital spokesperson says more children returned home Tuesday
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 5:57 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2021 at 4:42 PM CST
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 11/24/2021 - The number of kids who are still hospitalized at Children’s Wisconsin following Sunday’s Christmas Parade rampage in Waukesha has decreased.

According to a spokesperson, there are currently 10 children who are at the hospital. That number is down from 13 on Tuesday, and 16 initially.

The spokesperson says three of the children are home for Thanksgiving, and will continue their recovery there.

Officials say the conditions of the children who are still at the hospital are:

  • 5 in critical (one fewer than Tuesday)
  • 2 in fair (one fewer than Tuesday)
  • 3 in good (one fewer than Tuesday)

Originally, the hospital said a total of 16 children were admitted to Children’s Wisconsin for injuries sustained Sunday.

In addition, hospital officials say any families who need support after reflecting on the rampage can call the Children’s Wisconsin Mental and Behavioral Health Helpline or the Disaster Distress Helpline, which can also be reached by text. Those numbers are below:

Children’s Wisconsin Mental and Behavioral Health Helpline: 414-266-6500

Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990

INITIAL REPORT 11/23/21 - Officials say 13 children remain hospitalized at Children’s Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon after dozens of people were injured late Sunday afternoon after officials say suspect Darrell Brooks drove through the Waukesha Christmas Parade.

According to a hospital spokesperson, one patient who was being cared for died earlier in the day Tuesday due to injuries sustained at the parade.

Hospital officials say the child who died - who was not identified by the hospital - was one of 16 children admitted to Children’s Wisconsin.

Officials say the other 13 children are listed as:

  • 6 in critical condition
  • 3 in fair condition
  • 4 in good condition

According to the hospital spokesperson, two families were able to take their children home Monday, where the kids will physically and emotionally recover.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, LifePoint Church posted one of their families provided an update on their two children, who were hospitalized for injuries from Sunday’s event. Their post stated Jackson Sparks had died from serious injuries, and had been in the ICU. His brother, Tucker, was said to be recovering.

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Late Tuesday afternoon, Brooks made his first court appearance. Until then, officials said five people had died as a result of Sunday’s rampage, but prosecutors announced during the hearing a sixth person - identified as a child - had died Tuesday.

As Action 2 News reported earlier today, Brooks, 39, is being held on a $5 million cash bail, and has another court hearing scheduled for the morning of January 14.

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