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UPDATE: Little Girl Stepped on by Horse; Transported to Hospital

It happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Bloomery Road, near Acorn Nut Lane in Charles Town.
Scene of where little girl was stepped on by horse.
Scene of where little girl was stepped on by horse.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - Officials with Jefferson County Fire and Rescue say a two-year-old girl was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon with non-life threatening injuries after a horse stepped on her.

Blaine See lives next to the paddock and witnessed the incident. He tells WHAG he's glad to hear the girl is doing okay, but describes the incident as frightening.

"It was scary," he said. "The baby seemed to stop breathing for maybe about 30 seconds."

The incident happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Bloomery Road, near Acorn Nut Lane in Charles Town.

Officials say the little girl was feeding the horse carrots when it happened.

"It kind of swung around suddenly and lunged, then the baby fell backwards and the horse literally ran on top of the baby," says See.

Fire officials say animals can be unpredictable, and that's why they are warning others with horses to keep an eye when children are around.

Chief Donnie Dunn, Friendship Fire Company, said, "She got stepped on her chin and it kind of got on her chest area and moved on, but it wasn't a full stomp. It was accidental. The horse got spooked, knocked her down and tried to run and she just got caught under the horse's feet."

Chieff Dunn says she was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital with injuries, but as a non-emergency transport.

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