OUTLOOK - A 21-month-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle yesterday (Thursday) after being kicked by a horse at his home in the 800 block of Dekker Road.
According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, the boy's mother was getting ready to leave the house and was about to sit the toddler in the car when he wandered off. Sheriff's deputies noted that the mother said she saw the horse kick the boy on the right side of his face, knocking the child backwards.
The Sheriff's Office did not release the name of the mother or the boy.
Deputy Sergio Reyna said by the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene the mother had taken the boy inside, but he was conscious and crying. Reyna said the boy was treated briefly at the scene and then transported to a Yakima hospital. From there the boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
An update of the boy's condition was not available at press time.
Reyna said at this point there is no criminal investigation taking place, noting that the incident appeared to be an accident.
He explained that the horse did belong to the family. Reyna said the horse was tied to a tree outside the house and that it appeared that family members were getting ready to ride it.
Reyna does not believe the boy provoked the animal, explaining that the horse may have gotten a little excited as the boy approached it.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the fate of the horse has yet to be determined.
"We did not put the horse down as of yet," Reyna said.