An 11-year-old girl injured in the Wisconsin Christmas parade massacre remains on a ventilator nearly a week after a career criminal out on bail drove his SUV into spectators, killing six people and injuring 60.
Jessalyn Torres, one of nine kids injured in the November 21 crash, suffered a broken pelvis and femur, a fractured skull, lacerations to her lungs, and lost a kidney after Darrell Brooks, 39, plowed through the Waukesha holiday parade.
Torres’s mother, Amber Kohnke, told the New York Post that her daughter remains at the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital, where the anguished mom spent the Thanksgiving holiday beside her daughter in her hospital room.
‘No mother should ever go through this. This is a very traumatic ordeal,’ Kohnke, a mother of four, told the Post.
Jessalyn Torres, 11, pictured, one of nine kids injured in the November 21 crash, suffered a broken pelvis and femur, a fractured skull, lacerations to her lungs, and lost a kidney
Torres, pictured center, was injured in the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre and is still clinging to life and on a ventilator nearly a week after Brooks drove into crowd of spectators
Pictured: Amber Kohnke, Torres’ mom, said that her daughter is at the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital, where she spent the Thanksgiving holiday bedside her daughter’s hospital room
Pictured: Darnell Brooks, 39, is accused of plowing through the small town holiday parade, killing six people and injuring 60
Pictured: Brooks in his red SUV as he plowed through the crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 21
‘The hardest part was not being with everyone and Jessalyn, in the condition she is, was not able to be with her family either,’ she said.
Kohnke related her experience of watching her daughter struggle to breathe in a series of Facebook posts.
‘I hate watching my daughter go through this,’ she said in one note. ‘Cry a little tear, suck it up, and stay strong for her.’
‘Let me say this again… she is a fighter!’ Kohnke wrote in another post.
‘I sat here and held her hand, kissed her head and just watched and cried and told her I was so proud of her.’
Jessalyn, who heartbreakingly told doctors to ‘glue her back together’ after being transported to the hospital, is among four children who remain in serious condition after the massacre, with three others in fair condition.
Torres, pictured, is among four children who remain in serious condition after the massacre, with three others in fair condition
Torres was performing in the parade with the Waukesha Xtreme Dance group, pictured, on Sunday when an SUV struck her
Darrell Brooks, pictured, appears in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 23
‘I hate watching my daughter go through this,’ Kohnke said of her daughter. ‘Cry a little tear, suck it up, and stay strong for her’
The other two children are in good condition, the hospital said.
Kohnke said her daughter was dancing in the parade with the Waukesha Xtreme Dance group last Sunday when Brooks barreled into the crowd of spectators, with the impact of the crash throwing her into the air.
Kohnke has raised some $110,000 in an online fundraiser to help cover Jessalyn’s medical bills.
On Tuesday, Mail Online reported that Darrell Brooks Jr is an amateur rapper whose lyrics include ‘f*** the pigs’ and ‘f*** Donald Trump.’
Brooks, who is also known by his stage name, MathBoi Fly, is also a convicted sex offender.
In 2006, Brooks was convicted in a Nevada court for statutory rape after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. Brooks was 24 years old at the time of his conviction
Torres, right, heartbreakingly told doctors to ‘glue her back together’ after being rushed to the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital following the SUV massacre
Pictured: Brooks mugshot from his arrest on Nov. 2 just days before the parade massacre
In 2006, he was convicted in a Nevada court for statutory rape after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. Brooks was 24 years old at the time of his conviction.
Brooks was bailed out of jail on November 19 after posting a $1,000 cash bond on charges of battery, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and resisting an officer.
The Milwaukee District Attorney admitted on Monday the bond was ‘inappropriately low.’
The charges are related to an incident on November 2 involving the mother of one of his children in Milwaukee.
Brooks is said to have hunted her down in a hotel before following her in the street in his car, demanding that she get in, before ‘punching her with a closed fist’ and then ‘running her over.’
Court records show he was charged on November 5, and paid cash bond on the 11th, but the records weren’t updated until the 19th.