CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 5-year-old girl suffered a mild concussion after she was kicked by a mule in downtown Charleston.
On Wednesday afternoon, police received a call about a child who had been kicked at Palmetto Carriage on Guignard Street.
When officers arrived they spoke to the manager who said a girl had been kicked when she attempted to pet one of the mules which was getting ready to return to the farm.
The manager told investigators that one of the workers was trying to tell the girl to approach the animal from the front, but the girl was "too excited" and went to pet the side of the mule, at which point the mule kicked her grazing her head and shoulder.
"The proper way to approach a large animal, like a horse or a mule, is always from the front so that they can see you coming," Palmetto Carriage Operations Manager Benjamin Doyle told Live 5 News.
A police report states the victim and her family went to MUSC pediatric hospital to be checked out, and the owner of the business went to meet with the family.
According to CPD officials, the child received an x-ray and other treatment finding mostly bruises and a mild concussion; the girl was released after treatment.