Southeast Texas boy dies after horse 'spooks,' kicks him in chest

Southeast Texas boy dies after horse 'spooks,' kicks him in chest

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 8:21am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 10:03am

A tragic late afternoon accident resulted in the death of a three-year-old child.

According to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Colton Lee Clegg, 3, was killed after a horse “spooked” and kicked the child in the chest. 

Colton was taken by Life Flight to a hospital where he later died.

According to lead Investigator Sgt. Chris Ungles of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, horse feed was being unloaded from a truck on County Road 6479, in south Liberty County, around 7:50 p.m., by Colton's father, Christopher Clegg and Colton's uncle Joseph A. Stevens, 20. While this process was taking place, it was reported that Colton was holding the gate for Joseph when one of the horses knocked a feed bag out of Joseph hands spilling the feed on the ground. Young Colton started to pick up the feed when his father, Christopher, hollered to Colton and told him to get away from the horses and spilled feed. Colton threw his hands up in the air and this, evidently, “spooked” one of the horses which kicked little Colton in his chest.

Christopher began taking his son to the hospital by private auto where he was met by Liberty County EMS which started medical procedures prior to the arrival of Life Flight. Colton was taken Herman Hospital in Houston by air ambulance, where he expired shortly after arriving.


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