Two children die following farm accidents

Colleen Kottke
Wisconsin State Farmer
Taylor County girl, 2, dies in farm accident.

Two Wisconsin children died over the weekend following accidents with farm equipment.

An 8-year-old boy died on Friday, July 26, in Dane County when his father accidentally ran him over with a piece of farm equipment.

Law enforcement officials said the child's father was operating a skid loader on a farm located on Viaduct Road when he accidentally ran over the child. The accident occurred around 11 p.m..

While the initial 911 call indicated the child may have been trampled by a cow, when rescue workers responded to the scene, the discovered the child had suffered trauma to the head from the skid loader.

Paramedics, deputies and the farm owner tried to save the boy, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

Officials say the boy and his father were recent immigrants from Nicaragua and do not have any family in the area. The Dane County District Attorney’s Office is working to help acquire funding to send the boy’s body back to Nicaragua, the sheriff’s office said.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death accidental.

Emergency crews in the town of Manchester responded to a farm accident the following day involving a toddler on a farm in Green Lake County.

Green Lake County Sheriff's officials say a man was backing a wagon in the barnyard when he struck a 14-month-old girl.

 Adults at the scene began CPR before first responders arrived. The child was taken to a hospital in Berlin where she was pronounced dead.