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GoFundMe set up to help severely abused toddler

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IDAHO FALLS — The toddler who suffered horrific injuries — allegedly at the hands of an Idaho Falls man — is recovering in a Utah intensive care unit as a family friend has set up an online fundraiser for the boy.

Nikki Hall, acting as a spokeswoman for the boy’s mother, tells EastIdahoNews.com 18-month-old Knox is at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

“Knox’s mom is taking time away from work to be with her baby boy. She greatly appreciates any help that can be given, as her expenses and bills accrue. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers at this difficult time,” according to the GoFundMe page set up to help with the expenses of Knox’s recovery.

On Tuesday, Knox was rushed to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after paramedics and Bonneville County Sheriffs deputies found him unconscious. The extent of the injuries — which included a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain, a collapsed and bruised lung, and various red marks on his body — prompted doctors to fly Knox to Primary Children’s Hospital.

“He is still not able to breathe on his own, but the bleeding on the brain has not grown, so the doctors are saying that he should just absorb what is there,” Hall said Thursday. “They are also going to add a feeding tube for him. Another MRI is scheduled for sometime today or tomorrow. ”

James H. Dunkle Jr., 30, of Bonneville County, is charged with one felony count of injury to a child after he allegedly abused the toddler repeatedly Tuesday morning.

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