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Child charged, rammed by bull in Riverside County [Updated]

December 14, 2009 |  4:50 pm

A young boy playing in a Mead Valley field was charged and butted by a bull Monday afternoon, sending him to a hospital where he was treated for bruises, officials said.

[Updated, 6:10 p.m.: The victim has been identified as 2-year-old Daniel Muñoz.  His sister Luz, 4, was with him but escaped injury.

According to the boy's aunt, Maria Alivez, he suffered bruises and scratches to his face but was not seriously harmed.

"He's fine, it was nothing horrible but it gave everyone a scare," she said.]

“Two kids were playing in the field and apparently there was no bull in the field when they got there but then the bull showed up,” said John Welsh, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

Welsh said the bull had apparently come into a field next to the property owned by the children’s parents. A chain-link fence separated the curious kids from the bull. When the bull charged, the older child ran away but the animal butted the younger one through the fence.

The exact ages of the children were unknown but Welsh said the victim was likely 2 or 3 while the other was around 8 or 9.

Animal control officers rushed to the field, which is fenced on three sides, and used their vehicles to create another wall to keep the bull penned in. They later loaded up the animal and took it away. Welsh said a brand inspector will try to determine who owns the bull.

“You sometimes hear about people being gored by a bull but that’s usually when they are working with them, this is something I have never experienced before,” he said.

Mead Valley is a rural part of Riverside County near Perris.

-- David Kelly, reporting from Temecula