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Deer accident leaves 10-year-old boy with skull fracture in Northern California

PLACERVILLE – A 10-year-old California girl is recovering after an accident with a deer left her with serious injuries.

Michelle Rangel is the grandmother of Mila Armstrong, who was involved in a terrifying accident with a deer on April 29.

“I guess one of the kids was joking with him and kicked him,” Rangel said. “So when the deer got kicked, he ran away.”

When he bolted, Rangel said he headed straight for Mila and one of her friends.

“Mila, being 50 pounds, went up in the air and landed,” Rangel said.

Rangel said Mila suffered a fractured skull and inner ear problems, in addition to being kicked in the eye.

He said there is also what is believed to be a bite mark on his hand, which prompted multiple rabies vaccinations.

“Every step of the way, the nurses and doctors were saying, ‘Did a deer do this? Did a deer do this?’ “said Rangel.

Rangel described it as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it still serves as a good reminder that any wildlife can be dangerous.

“They are still beautiful to see from a distance,” Rangel said.

Eric Bonniksen, superintendent of the Placerville Union School District, gave CBS13 the following statement:

“It was very unfortunate that this incident occurred and we are saddened that any students were injured. We are grateful that the girls are doing well. We have implemented a new procedure whereby every morning we walk the grounds and check for any wild animal. If found, they will be removed from the school grounds. If for some reason we are unable to remove them from the premises, students will be directed inside when they arrive.

Rangel said Mila has returned to school but still suffers from headaches and post-traumatic stress disorder. She said that, as far as she knows, the other child involved is also doing well.