In an unfortunate tragedy, an 8-year-old boy from Georgetown, Massachusetts, lost his life after being trampled by a cow. According to CBS News, the incident happened at around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at the home where the boy lived. The boy, identified as George Carter, was badly injured and later died.
At the time of the accident, reports say that George was at the farm with his father, who was preparing his cattle for the local Barnstable fair. The boy was reportedly helping his dad and was exercising a cow when the animal, all of a sudden, got spooked and dragged the little boy. He was grievously injured and quickly taken to the Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, where he was pronounced dead. At this time, it is not known what caused the cow to get spooked.
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The family, which has set up a GoFundMe campaign as a memorial fund in the child’s memory, describes the incident as follows.
“Jackie O’Sullivan and I lost our 8-year-old son George today in a freak accident; in preparing to show our farm animals at the Barnstable fair, he was exercising a cow and in an instant, the animal got spooked and dragged him to his death. I know this is said all the time, but anyone who knew George loved him. Our family is suffering incredible sorrow and hardship at this time and any support is appreciated.”
As of this writing, the family had managed to raise nearly $10,000 for the memorial foundation. The goal is to reach $20,000.
According to investigators, the boy’s father owns more than 20 cows. At this time, they do not suspect any foul play in the incident that resulted in the death of the boy. The family has been devastated by the tragedy.
Several people expressed their sympathies for the family in the tragic way the boy lost his life. Some of the comments from the GoFundMe comments section read expressed heartfelt sympathy for the family.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this sad time. We are dairy farmers from Vt who know how fast things can go wrong when working with any cow. May God be with you and help get you thru the coming days,” Louie and Nancy Lamoureux wrote.
“Jackie, Peter and Bella my thoughts and prayers are with you. George, my little buddy, you will missed. Soar on Eagles wings. I will remember you always!! Luv ya,” Linda Higgins commented.
“Been around farms and my Uncles ranch all my life. I know all too well what a cow is capable of doing and can surprise even the veteran ranch hand,” wrote Tony Czuleger.
George’s former teacher, Rose McPherson, called him a “special little boy.”
“I started crying. For it to happen to a child is just so tragic, and I can’t imagine the pain his parents are in.”
While we can find solace in the fact that the 8-year-old’s death was accidental in nature, the same cannot be said of two other cases involving children that the Inquisitr recently reported about.
In the first incident, James Dearman, a 31-year-old man from Florida, along with his girlfriend, a 22-year-old was charged with squishing his 6-year-old boy to death by sitting on him. This was done as a form of punishment to the boy, who reportedly disturbed the couple as they played video games.
Shanynthia Gardner has now been booked on 4 charges of 1st degree murder & other charges pic.twitter.com/QJjIibGBjR
— George Brown (@georgebrownmem) July 4, 2016
In another equally horrific case, 29-year-old mother Shanynthia Gardner from Tennessee allegedly stabbed four of her kids to death — all under the age of six. A fifth child was able to escape and inform others about the incident.
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