A father suspected of killing of his family Monday has remained nonresponsive at Rogue Valley Medical Center and is on a mechanical ventilator to keep his lungs working, hospital staff said.
"We are closely monitoring his neurological status," said Tamara Dixon, a nurse practitioner with the intensive care staff. "He remains nonresponsive. He is receiving mechanical ventilation."
Police suspect Jordan Criado stabbed his wife and four children Monday morning, then set their house at 1027 W. 10th St. on fire.
Earlier reports that Jordan Criado was in a medically induced coma were incorrect, Dixon said.
She said Criado suffers from carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning as well as a laceration to his left wrist. Carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning compete with oxygen in the bloodstream, she said.
Dixon said patients who suffer from this type of poisoning exhibit symptoms ranging from confusion to a comatose state. She declined to confirm that Criado is in a coma, saying only that he is nonresponsive. He doesn't have any significant burns on his body, Dixon said.
His lungs are capable of working because they don't have the kind of burn injuries some patients receive in fires.
Dixon said the patient's nonresponsive status requires the use of a mechanical ventilator, though.
She said she wouldn't speculate on Criado's prognosis, saying whether a person regains consciousness can vary from patient to patient.
"It's not easy to predict the brain," she said. "We can't predict if he will or he won't."
The hospital is providing Criado with all the medical resources it has available.
"He's getting everything he needs," hospital spokesman Grant Walker said.
— Damian Mann