Child survives lawn mower accident


A child who fell from a lawn mower Memorial Day weekend is recovering after a partial arm amputation, according to reports.

The 4-year-old male child is a ward of the state but was with his uncle, Bret A. Henry, when the accident occurred May 26.

Henry, 48, and his wife, Susan Henry, were given temporary custody of their nephew by Children Services nearly six months ago, reports state.

Now Bret Henry faces a charge for child endangering, a third-degree felony, and was arraigned June 26 in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

The Washington Court House man had been mowing grass May 26 with the child’s step-father, Jason Sigman, at the dead-end of Ely Street.

Reports from the Washington Court House Police Department state the 4-year-old child was with Henry and Sigman riding on one of the mowers when he fell and his arm went beneath the mower’s blades.

After the accident occurred, the Fayette County Children Services agency stated, “Jason was not to be around (the child),” according to reports.

The Washington Court House Police Department responded to the call that the child had been riding on a zero-turn lawn mower with an adult when he fell off and severely injured his arm.

At the dead-end of Ely Street, police officers found Bret Henry holding the child on his lap with a tourniquet wrapped around the child’s arm. The child’s “right arm was missing his hand and was severely cut up into his forearm,” reports state.

The police officers found pieces of the child’s hand in the grass and the body parts were sent with the child to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital emergency room for possible re-attachment. The hand and arm could not be re-attached and the child’s arm was amputated just below the elbow, reports state.

The child’s family has “a long history with the agency,” according to Children Services records filed with the Henry case.

Henry entered a “not guilty” plea to the child endangering charge June 26. An informal pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 24 at 9 a.m.

Following surgery, records state the minor child was placed with foster care through the Children Services agency.

The child’s report with Children Services in 2016 states the child “is very smart and is observed to be developmentally on target. Child can identify a high risk environment and can identify/contact authorities in the event of an emergency. (The child) is very kind and has a good attitude.”

According to records, the child’s fifth birthday is July 11.
4-year-old’s arm partially amputated

By Ashley Bunton

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