Published On: Thu, Jul 7th, 2016

Massachusetts boy, George Carter, killed by spooked cow on family farm

A Massachusetts boy was killed over the weekend when a spooked cow on his father’s farm trampled him to death. George Carter was helping his dad with the family’s cows on Saturday, just before the cows were due to be at a livestock show, when one of the farm’s 20 animals became startled.

The injured boy, age 8, was rushed to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport and pronounced dead.

George Carter

George Carter

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the death, but no arrests or charges are expected.

George’s father, Peter Carter, recounted some details with the Boston Globe, saying that he “doesn’t know why his pregnant heifer panicked” causing her rope to wrap itself around the 8-year-old’s waist, dragging him about 500 feet and trampling the boy.

“I was trying to rescue my son,” he said. “They called 911, everybody was in route, and I started CPR on my son.”

The noted that Peter’s leg was broken and did the interview laying on the couch.

Carter’s father shared the devastating news in a post to a GoFundMe page created in George’s memory and to help the family with expenses as they grieve.

“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.”

More of the account published by the Globe, click HERE


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