Hardship Hits Lubbock Family For Third Time - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/15/07

Hardship Hits Lubbock Family For Third Time

A weekend accident has one Lubbock family traveling between two hospitals.

Thirteen-year-old Chelsea Childers was is in stable condition at Covenant Medical Center Monday night following a car accident Saturday. 

Just last month, her father, Corporal Scott Childers, suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident.  He is recovering at University Medical Center.

As if that weren't hard enough, someone also stole money from the family's benefit fund.  NewsChannel 11 alerted you to that theft last week.  Lubbock Police say the money has been replaced, and with the person accused of stealing that money charged, they're asking folks to add to the fund and help the Childers family.

"We're trying to do everything we can to help out, and we're hoping to get some help from outside the police department also," Lubbock Police Sgt. Clay Winters said. 

In an effort to bring some good luck to a family that's seemed to only have bad lately, Sgt. Winters and the Lubbock Police Department are asking folks to help with the family's medical expenses... expenses that doubled this weekend.

"Her back was broken. She was ejected from the vehicle," Winters said. 

He is talking about Cpl. Childers' daughter, Chelsea.  Winters tells NewsChannel 11 that Chelsea broke her back after a car accident on Saturday. She was riding with friends in Lubbock County, when the car wrecked, and Chelsea was thrown out.

"She's probably looking at a long term stay in the hospital. Right now it's hard to say how long she'll spend there," Winters said. 

As Chelsea recovers at Covenant, her father continues his recovery across the way at UMC. 

"The family is having to travel between each hospital," Winters said. 

Cpl. Childers is improving after losing control of his motor cycle last month in New Mexico, but the family's finances have taken a hit.

Police arrested 32-year-old Lorianne Sauceda last week. She's charged with stealing between $500 and $1,500 from Childers' benefit fund at WesTex Federal Credit Union.

"Just Scott's situation is going to be a major financial burden for them.  All the help we've received has just been great so far, and all of the support, and I know the family appreciates, and the police department appreciates all the help," Winters said. 

The Childers' fund will now benefit both family members, and Lubbock Police tell us the credit union is closely monitoring all accounts. If you would like to help, donations are being accepted at WesTex Federal Credit Union.

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