Eight-Year-Old Methuen Boy Dies After Being Dragged by Cow

George Carter, 8, of Methuen, is seen with family members in this photograph placed on an online fundraising site.

An 8-year-old Methuen boy was dragged to death by a cow Saturday in Georgetown.

George Carter accompanied his father, Peter Carter, in taking several of 20 cows out for exercise at his father’s Jewett Street home. “One of the cows apparently spooked and trampled the boy,” said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. Massachusetts State Police detectives, assigned to Blodgett’s office are investigating, but “foul play is not suspected.”

Georgetown Police and emergency services responded to a call for an injured child at approximately 12:44 p.m. Carter was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The boy’s parents created an online fundraising page to help pay funeral expenses.

“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,” according to the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/2c4q52hk.

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