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Five-Year-Old Killed in Ovid Farming Accident


Child Protective Services and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a five-year-old girl in Seneca County Monday afternoon.

First responders were called to 7689 County Road 129 in Ovid just after three o’clock for the report of a child stuck in a piece of farm equipment. Upon their arrival, the child was in the process of being removed from the farm equipment and was immediately turned over to South Seneca Ambulance personnel.  The child, identified by police as Melinda Hertzler, was taken to Geneva General Hospital where she passed away from massive trauma.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Ovid Fire Department, Lodi Fire Department, Interlaken Fire Department, and New York State Police.


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