Boy dies in dragging by cow at fair

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A 9-year-old boy died after he was dragged several hundred feet by his own cow at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik.

The boy's father, Blair Martin, said his son, Mathias, died at Providence Alaska Medical Center on Friday night, hours after he was dragged by the cow at the fairgrounds. He says his son died from head injuries.

Martin said the boy put around his waist the rope attached to the cow's harness, and that something spooked the cow while Mathias was out of his family's view.

He said bystanders' cries for help alerted him to the cow "dragging what I just thought was a jacket, and it turned out to be his ragdoll body bouncing in the background."

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