According to the Mansfield News Journal:
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A 4-year-old boy is in fair condition at Akron Children’s Hospital after being severely injured by a manure spreader Saturday night.
Sgt. Don Zehner, of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, said Mahlon Byler’s 10-year-old brother had just gotten done unloading his spreader, which was about 6-feet wide and had several spinning blades at the end.
“The 10-year-old was spreading corn cobs with the spreader. It was their second trip out that day,” Zehner said of the two young Amish brothers. “The 10-year-old stopped to give the horses a break and the little brother (Mahlon) crawled into the spreader. The machine, however, was still engaged and the horses took off a little bit and the 4-year-old was pulled through the knives.”
A neighbor called 9-1-1 and emergency crews from Franklin Township Fire Department transported the boy to MedCentral/ Mansfield Hospital, where a helicopter was already waiting.
“He had serious, serious injuries,” Zehner said. “Due to how nasty and severe they were, we didn’t even photograph him. I’ve never seen the chopper beat the ambulance to the hospital. It was pretty bad.”
Zehner said most of the details of the accident were reported to him from Mahlon’s grandfather.
“It is not unusual for the small boys in the Amish community to work hours in the fields like that,” he said.
When asked how the 10-year-old brother had handled the situation, Zehner said, “It was hard to tell because (the Amish) don’t like to speak to us. I’m not sure if the 10-year-old was afraid to talk or if he was told not to.”
Zehner said the father accompanied Mahlon to the hospital, where he already had surgery.
Please be careful as we start the busy spring planting season.
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