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Police: 4-year-old accidentally falls off horse-drawn carriage, taken to hospital

(File/WPDE)

A 4-year-old boy fell off the back of a Charleston Carriage Works horse-drawn carriage about 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon on East Bay Street near Adgers Wharf, according to the Charleston Police Department.

"The child was sitting in the rear of the carriage with a parent when he accidentally fell off. The mother then jumped off the carriage to help her son and she sprained her ankle. A nurse, who was on the carriage, rendered aid to both of them. The child received minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for observation," according to the police department.

According to the police department, the child's mother was transported to the hospital to received treatment for her sprained ankle.

"The horse didn’t jerk the carriage or anything. The child just accidentally fell off," states Charles Francis, with the Charleston Police Department.

(*Editorial note: Charleston's Office of Livability and Tourism confirms that information originally provided by Charleston Police about the carriage company involved was incorrect. This story has been updated to remove a reference to an organization that was not involved in the incident.)

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