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Family devastated after cow tramples 8-year-old to death

A Georgetown family is grief stricken after a cow trampled an 8-year-old boy to death on the family farm Saturday.

Peter Carter was out on the farm with his son, George, Saturday morning, getting his cows ready for the fair, which is in three weeks.

George was walking a pregnant cow with a lead rope; the cow has had significant training and Peter said he trusted it.

“My son was having a little issue with his animal. So I went to tie my animal off to go back and give him a hand. I turn around and I see my son tangled up in a lead rope and a cow running down the drive way. At that point, he had already been stomped on,” he said.

It was only seconds that Peter had his back turned. And when he saw his son being dragged around the yard, he knew was seriously injured.

“Hopefully he did not suffer,” he said.

Peter wrestled the cow, trying to untangle his son from the lead. At some point, he broke his leg, but didn’t even realize it until he picked his son up and tried to run for help.

“I started CPR and breath to breath and I was getting gurgling back, so I unfortunately already knew I  was fighting a losing battle, but it didn’t make it any easier. There was no way I was going to stop. I was going to give him every chance I could,” he said, trying to keep back tears.

Peter told FOX25 that reality is just setting in that he will have to bury his only son. He also has a 3-year-old daughter, who saw what happened, but doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation.

“We haven’t figured out to tell a 3-year-old that the brother she loves very much is no longer here. Because I don’t know how to. I don’t know how to do it,” said Peter.

Peter’s farm is a hobby on the side; he and George regularly took the cows to fairs and George had a lot of experience around the cows. Along with his son gone, Peter is trying to figure out who can take care of his animals, now that he has a broken leg.

Neighbors have been coming by to show their support for the family all night. There is a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs and the father’s medical expenses.

Source: Fox 25 News

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