Toddler dies after being struck by falling tree

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TOWNSEND, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts toddler died after he and his father were struck by a falling tree, police said.

The 15-month-old boy, identified as Jaxx Sellers, was being held by his father at about 7:45 p.m. when the dead tree in the yard of their Townsend home was apparently blown over, Townsend police Chief James Sartell told The Telegram & Gazette.

The father was not seriously injured, other than a few scratches on his forearm, police said.

The child was taken by ambulance to a nearby landing area, then flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

The boy died, police said.

The death was a “freak accident,” Sartell told The Sun of Lowell.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, with wind gusts up to 50 mph, in the Townsend area at the time.

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