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26-year-old living at home stabs, critically injures parents

A GoFundMe fundraiser has started for the parents, who are still recovering
Tyler Hiland

Tyler Hiland

A 26-year-old man living with his parents in Chisago County has been charged with stabbing both of them, leaving them with critical injuries. 

Tyler Hiland has been charged with first- and second-degree assault in connection with the Dec. 21 incident. He is being held at the Chisago County Jail and faces up to 30 years in prison. 

His father called 911 for medical assistance at the Sunrise Township home around 6 p.m. Authorities flew both parents by helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center, where the mother is being treated for a partially severed spinal cord. As of the criminal complaint filing date Dec. 23, the mother was paralyzed with no motor function. 

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office has not received additional updates from the hospital, Chief Deputy Justin Wood said.  

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for the parents, which indicates that the father is in the middle of chemotherapy treatment. According to the GoFundMe, the mother has regained some movement and was moved to a rehabilitation center Tuesday. 

According to the criminal complaint:  

When authorities arrived to the scene, they found the father lying on a bed. He directed them to the living room to first treat his wife, who was lying on the floor and said she couldn't move. Officers observed multiple stab wounds at the base of her neck and head. 

The parents told authorities the attack happened out of the blue. 

Officers heard Hiland shouting from the garage, where he was arrested. 

After obtaining a warrant and conducting a search, law enforcement found a bloody knife in one room, and methamphetamine in Hiland's bedroom. 

In an interview with authorities, Hiland said he took "a couple hits" of methamphetamine before the incident. He said he intended to kill his parents and that he "believed if he got rid of his parents, he would be able to live a better life."

The mother "has a lot of family that mean everything to her including her twin granddaughters," the GoFundMe page reads. "They are the light of her life and they love her just the same. We need her to concentrate on healing and not worry about the medical bills that will likely overwhelm them."

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