WATERTOWN — The Watertown Police Chief Joshua Bernegger issued the following press release on Monday, April 25.

On Saturday, April 23 at approximately 3:20 p.m., the Watertown Police and Fire Departments responded to a field at 239 Barnes Rd., which is part of Kuslis Farm, for a report of a child trapped under a farm tractor.

Police and fire personnel arrived on scene at which time it was determined that a young child, identified as four-year old Ellie Kuslis of 239 Barnes Rd., had became entangled within a slice seeder that was attached to the rear of a farm tractor operated by her father, Andrew Kuslis. That tractor was stationary at the time of the incident, although the seeder remained engaged. The child was deceased on scene.

The exact circumstances remain under investigation.

An autopsy was conducted on Sunday, April 24, by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Farmington.

The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma, and certified as accidental.

The Watertown Police Department extends their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the child and wishes to express their gratitude to the police officers, firefighters and neighbors who did all they could to help. 

The family wishes for privacy and the Watertown Police Department asks that the media and public refrain from visiting Barnes Road. 

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