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Hudson 3-year-old remains in critical condition

After three weeks in Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, three-year-old Cedarius remains in critical condition after suffering a severe brain injury that authorities believe was the result of abuse. His mother has established a benefit fund at Submitted photo

"Cedarius was a happy healthy little boy. He loved to run around and play and get into mischief. One day when I went to work and I got a call on my way home saying he was not breathing.”

That is how his mother began the story on the You Caring website of how her son sustained a severe brain injury. An account has been established there to assist with the costs associated with his injury. The address is

The boy’s injuries are the result of alleged child abuse on April 9 by his mother’s boyfriend, Jonathan Wierstad, at the St. Croix Street residence they shared at the time.

According to the website, the child underwent surgery to remove portions of his skull to alleviate pressure on his brain from severe swelling but that only about 25 percent of his brain is functioning.

In an email to the Star Observer on Saturday, his mother said that Cedarius had opened his eyes, has had some movement in his arms and appears to be responding to pain stimuli. He has also appeared to be breathing over the ventilator periodically but his condition and long term prognosis remain grave.

His mother wrote, “They say it’s not looking good for him. They say my baby will need many more surgeries and injections if he makes it. He will need 24-hour care. The funds are strictly for anything my son will need--medical expenses, after care, and anything my son will need now and in the future. We pray everyday a miracle will happen…”

A preliminary hearing of the evidence against Wierstad will be heard in St. Croix County Court on Tuesday, April 29. Additional information will appear in the May 1 Star-Observer.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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