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Amish child injured in farm accident

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Updated: 7:23 PM


For the C-S-E

PALATINE -- A 1-year-old Amish girl is in stable condition at an Albany hospital after being trampled by a horse in a barn Sunday evening.

Trooper Mark Cepiel, a state police spokesman, said this morning the child suffered broken ribs and other internal injuries in what appears to be an accident.

Cepiel said that around 6 p.m. Sunday the girl's parents were milking cows in a barn, and the child was in a cart. Siblings were playing with horses nearby, when the animals became startled and bolted.

One of the horses knocked over the cart, and another stepped on the baby, Cepiel said.

The child was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, and then taken to Albany Medical Center.

"It is a farm, and there are animals," Cepiel said. "It does appear the incident was an accident."

However, Cepiel said the investigation isn't closed. He would not speculate if charges will be forthcoming.

Cepiel declined to identify the location of the incident other than it took place in the town.

Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service of Palatine Bridge reportedly responded to the scene, but officials did not return phone calls this morning.

GAVAC operations manager Mickey Swartz said his agency provided aid to Mid-County personnel, and met up half-way on the ambulance's route to St. Mary's Hospital.

Swartz said it was not clear if the horse stepped on the baby full-force.

"From what I was told the fractured ribs were the extent of her injuries," Swartz said. "It definitely could have been a lot worse."


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