Boy, 8, trampled by cow on family's Massachusetts farm

Peter Carter and his son George in Georgetown, Mass. (Fox 25 Boston)

Peter Carter and his son George in Georgetown, Mass. (Fox 25 Boston)

A Massachusetts boy, 8, was trampled to death on his family’s farm when a cow got spooked, according to a report.

George Carter was helping his father when the freak accident happened Saturday afternoon, Fox 25 Boston reported. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“Hopefully he did not suffer,” Peter Carter said of his son.

Carter told the station his son “having a little issue” with the cow.

“I turn around and I see my son tangled up in a lead rope and a cow running down the drive way,” he said. “At that point, he had already been stomped on.”

Carter fought back tears as he told the station he knew he was fighting a losing battle as he gave his son CPR.

“There was no way I was going to stop,” he said. “I was going to give him every chance I could.”

Carter was also injured wrestling the cow as he tried to save his son, the station reported. He broke his leg.

The father said his 3-year-old daughter doesn’t really understand what happened.

“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,” he said. “I don’t know how to do it.”

Carter owns 20 cows on a farm in Georgetown, 30 miles north of Boston, and exhibits them at fairs.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the death.

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