(Widener, AR) A horse was shot after it kicked a toddler, sending the child to a Memphis hospital.
The 2-year-old is recovering from a bad three-inch cut on his head, and the horse is on a long road to recovery, too.
Investigators in St. Francis County, Ark., said after the 2-year-old was kicked, his father got a gun and shot the horse three times.
The 2-year-old, Lane Utley, was outside his grandmother's mobile home in Widener, Ark., Saturday, when he reportedly was kicked in the head by the horse.
St. Francis County deputies said after the child was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, his father, Matthew, shot the 1-year-old female horse named Rocky three times.
Tuesday, Jerome Brown, the owner of the horse, showed us where Rocky had been shot.
"Well, one we have on the front leg right here and then we have the other two."
Brown said he doesn't know how the 1-year-old horse filly got out of her fenced area or how Lane got close enough to get kicked.
Regardless, Brown is devastated by what happened to the child.
"We been knowing the family for a long time. We love them and it's just one of these things. We just know it was a freak accident, you know."
Brown said he's praying for the child and for the wounded horse.
He said he doesn't have the money to have bullet fragments removed or the medical help the young horse needs.
"Financially, I can't. I don't think I'll be able to afford that. So we're taking care of her and treating her the best way we can. And hoping that she'll continue to be alright."
He hasn't considered filing a complaint against Matthew Utley for shooting his horse, because right now Lane's recovery is more important.
"I just heard that the baby is doing better. And we're just thanking god for that."
To contact Jerome Brown, call him at 870-317-0488