Possible charges hinge on Criado's condition

Jordan Criado's nonresponsive medical state is keeping a grand jury from deciding whether he will face charges for allegedly stabbing his wife and two of his four young children and starting fires July 18 in their west Medford home, killing everyone but himself.

The 51-year-old registered sex offender on Monday began his second week in critical condition in Rogue Valley Medical Center's intensive-care unit under a police guard.

His status has been unchanged since investigators determined he was the only suspect in the largest homicide case in modern Jackson County history.

Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston said no date has been scheduled to present investigators' case against Criado to a grand jury as they wait to see whether he survives carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning from smoke inhalation.

Hospital officials have said he has been nonresponsive and using a mechanical ventilator to breathe since he arrived.

He also had a cut to his left wrist.

Criado has not been arrested nor charged in the slayings of 30-year-old Tabasha Paige-Criado and their children, Elijah, 7, Isaac, 6, Andrew, 5, and Aurora, 2.

"The evidence has been gathered, the witnesses are known," Huddleston said. "His medical condition is the unknown.

"We need to find his long-term prospects before we do anything, but, yes, we'd like to talk to him," Huddleston said.

Medford police Deputy Chief Tim Doney said investigators have yet to find a living relative of Criado, who previously lived in the California communities of Sacramento, Salinas and Bakersfield.

Criado was rumored to have had a brother living in Central California who disowned him in 1990 when Criado was convicted of molesting three young girls in Sacramento County in the 1980s. He served more than 11 years in prison.

Should no relative step forward as a legal surrogate and Criado's condition not improve, RVMC's ethics committee would investigate whether to recommend Criado be removed from life-support systems. The ultimate decision then would lie with the doctors treating him.

RVMC spokesman Grant Walker declined to discuss what medical bills Criado has accrued for his treatment, nor would he discuss who, if anyone, would be billed.

"When any person is a patient in one of our facilities, we take care of that human life, regardless of who that person is or his or her ability to pay," RVMC officials said in a written statement Monday to the Mail Tribune's inquiries about Criado's care.

Last year, the statement said, RVMC provided more than $24 million in what it described as "charitable care" to the community.

"We believe this is not the time to think about the cost of care, but rather how we can provide healing for the families involved and the communities we serve," the statement said.

Preliminary autopsy results show Tabasha Paige-Criado died from multiple stab wounds to her neck and abdomen, while Isaac and Andrew died from stab wounds to the neck and from probable carbon monoxide poisoning from the arson fire, police said.

The autopsies also concluded Elijah and Aurora probably died from carbon monoxide poisoning, but final results were pending toxicology tests that could take several weeks to complete, police said.

Paige-Criado and Criado were the biological parents of all four children, police said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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