Anony­mous donor helps mom, re­cov­er­ing tod­dler

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Pa­trick Ge­orge pge­orge@states­ Car­ing B states­ sea­son­for­car­ing. Page D6.

Tall and en­er­getic, 21month-old Aaron Ide­hen seems to be in con­stant mo­tion, keep­ing his mother on her toes.

You might never guess what he has had to en­dure in his young life.

Ear­lier this year, just be­fore his first birth­day, po­lice in Abi­lene say Aaron’s fa­ther held him in dan­ger­ously hot water dur­ing bath time un­til the skin fell off his legs and his tiny feet be­came swollen and pur­ple.

Aaron spent his first birth­day in a Dal­las Ron­ald McDon­ald house while he re­cu­per­ated from surgery. His fa­ther is charged with in­jury to a child, a felony.

Now Aaron is back in the Austin area with his mother, 24-year-old Malinda Fisher, as she tries to re­build a life here.

Fisher works hard as a care provider at an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity, but is­sues that arose dur­ing Aaron’s con­va­les­cence — in­clud­ing a bro­ken lease, go­ing into debt and hav­ing to turn down a job of­fer — have her in des­per­ate straits.

“It’s been pretty stress­ful,” Fisher said. “I’ve had my fam­ily help with my liv­ing sit­u­a­tion, but that’s it.”

Fisher and her son are part Read up­dates from the other fam­i­lies be­ing fea­tured and see the orig­i­nal sto­ries and pho­tos at

SFor more in­for­ma­tion on Sea­son for Car­ing, call 445-3590 or email com­mu­nity@states­man. com. To make a do­na­tion, go on­line or see the do­na­tion form on

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