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Maryland Preschool Teacher Injured in Boston Marathon Blasts

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BALTIMORE (CBSDC/AP) — A Maryland pre-school teacher is among the more than 170 who were injured in explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Erika Brannock, a teacher at Trinity Episcopal Church School in Towson, suffered two broken legs when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon just before 3 p.m. Monday, according to a chaplain at the school.

Brannock, 29, is in critical condition and undergoing more surgery Tuesday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Brannock, who is originally from Elicott City, was at the marathon with her sister and brother-in-law to watch her mother run the 26.2-mile race, according to the Sun. Brannock’s mother, Carol Phillips Downing, posted on Facebook late Tuesday morning that “Doctors say [Brannock] should be okay.”

Brannock’s sister, Nicole Gross, suffered broken legs, a broken ankle and other injuries, according to Downing’s Facebook post. She is in stable condition and heading back into surgery later Tuesday.

Brannock’s brother-in-law, Michael Gross, suffered cuts and burns, but is in “good shape,” Downing wrote.

Brannock is a graduate of Mount Hebron High School and Towson University.

School Chaplain Kathleen Capcara says the children’s center held an assembly Tuesday to explain why the teacher was not at the school. Capcara says the children were told she was in an accident in another state. A group photo of the children is also planned for a get-well card that will be sent to Brannock.

The chaplain says Brannock is a Baltimore Ravens fan so the children plan to pose for the picture in team gear.

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