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Falling tree branch critically injures Winder boy

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A 2-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a tree branch fell on top of him while he was playing outside Monday.

Tripp Halstead was playing outside at the Cribs to Crayons daycare center on Church Street in Winder at about 11:30 a.m.

Police said a tree limb broke off and fell, hitting Halstead in the head and neck.

His uncle, Kevin Condon, told CBS Atlanta News the branch cracked Tripp's skull and that he underwent emergency brain surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

"He's looking like he should after surgery, which is not too great," Condon said. "But he's hanging in there. He is a tough little guy, probably the toughest little guy I've ever seen."

The child was knocked unconscious and initially was sent to Barrow Regional Medical Center. He was later flown to Egleston.

Residents in the area said it was really windy, but they never thought something like this would happen.

"It's really bad. They just did a lot of work on the place here," said Barry McDaniel, a cousin of the daycare center's owner. "They have a great daycare."

More than a dozen family members and close friends went to the hospital to support Tripp's parents.

Condon said doctors told the family the next three days are "magic days" for Tripp. After that, they'll have a better idea of his condition.

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