6-Year-Old CT Boy Dies In Wood Chipper Accident

Child tried to put branch into chipper at private home in Salem, CT.

A 6-year-old Salem boy died Tuesday after he picked up a branch to put into a wood chipper and was pulled into it, state police said.

The child was identified as Jeffrey Bourgeois, of Salem.

According to a state police news release, police received a 911 call at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday that a child had been seriously injured in the yard of a private home at 24 Brookside Drive in Salem.

When they arrived, they found the child had died.

The news release said that based on a preliminary investigation, the child’s father was performing tree work at the house, and his three children had gone with him to the work site.

“As the father was working the 6-year-old child picked up a branch to put into the wood chipper when the child became entangled and was pulled into the chipper,” the news release said. 

The father, who owns a tree removal service, was working at a client’s home at the time of the accident.

State Police from Troop K, the Salem Resident State Trooper, Salem Fire Department, and Salem EMS all responded to the scene.

Troopers and the State Police Major Crime Squad later secured the scene to investigate the child’s death.

Myron D. Masotta April 12, 2012 at 07:39 AM
I'm sure the first thing everyone is going to say is that the child didn't belong on the work site. As a married father of three who's wife works days and I work two jobs night and dayo to make ends meet, sometimes you don't have a choice but to take your children with you. I hope everyone shows a little understanding that daycare is very expensive and not everyone can afford it. Hopefully this family can make it through this tragedy.
LisaEastHartfordCt April 13, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Myron, I agree, My husband & I are parents of two boys, and we both work and sometimes our boys come to work with us...but I have to say, even tho sometimes we all need to do these things, it is our responsibility as parents that if we do in deed need to do this at times we MUST make sure they are safe and supervised correctly. A six yr old needing to be at work with dad or not should NOT have been anywhere NEAR a wood chipper let alone placing items in it. This is a horrible tragedy and I can not imagine what this father is feeling inside nor do I want too. Its just a very, very, very unfortunate accident, but could have been prevented. I am so sorry, I am just telling the truth. My thoughts & prayers with this family. ++ Prayers ++
Garry Sparks April 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
This Accident Was Not Anyone's Fault. It's Always Easy To Monday Morning Quarter-Back, And To Place Blame On Someone. Remember, The Only Time That You Should Be Looking Down On Someone Would Be To Help Them Up. Let's Remember Folks......That God Is Still In Control, And That We Cannot Question Why He Sometimes Allows Things Such As This Tragic Event To Happen. Let's Lift This Family Up In Prayer Rather Than To Being Them Down & Hurt Them More By Trying To Place Blame Where It Simply Has No Place. Respectfully Submitted, Garry Sparks, (Bristol, Connecticut
Walter Graff April 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I always let my 5 and 7 year old experience life and try all the things I do. I would have probably not had an issue letting them throw sticks in such a machine. This sounds like a simply horrible accident. While the article does not go into detail, this guys son was shredded. Live with seeing that in your head the rest of your life and questioning why you let him do it in the first place. Wow is that a tough one. You did nothing wrong my friend. It was simply a horrible accident. My prayers are with you and your family. Your son died enjoying his time with his dad. I can think of no better way than to go.
Eva April 14, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I agree with Walter....can you imagine having that image stuck in your head on repeat?? probably for the rest of his life he's going to have this playback over and over..while he's awake and when sleeping as well....this is the first thing I thought about and what has haunted me since reading about this tragedy...we've all seen horror movies that have been pretty gory, but such an event as this to be witnessed in REAL LIFE, well....no movie or tv show will ever compare to the images and thoughts of regret his father is going to have to live with for the rest of his life...I hope he will have the strength to disregard any comments or opinions of other people that feel the need to ridicule him...shoulda, woulda, coulda... I also hope and pray that he finds the strength to continue to be the loving father and husband for his wife and other children and to somehow see that the universe works in mysterious ways and that everything happens for a reason..reasons that we may never understand..my thoughts and prayers go out to this family and I hope and pray that anyone that wants to add their two cents show respect and not harp on what they would've or shall I say wouldn't have done....


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