Game of hide and seek turns deadly for a Texas teen after he is impaled by statue
POSTED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 1:15pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — It's the call no mother ever wants to get. But while she was out of town early Saturday morning, Judith Leseberg answered it.
"I'm still in shock... just shock," she said.
Over the phone, Judith was told her 14-year-old son Miguel Martinez had died in a bizarre accident, during a game of hide-and-seek.
Miguel had been staying the night with his best friend Jeremy, and around 3 a.m. on Saturday Jeremy's family and Miguel went for a walk. That walk ended at the entrance to the Ranching Heritage Center, in the middle of the steer statues.
Miguel had been playing hide-and-seek, but then he took off running, and accidentally suffered a chest wound when he impaled himself on one of the statue's horns.
"He just happened to trip over one of the lights. I guess he lost his balance and he went straight down on one of the horns," Judith cried. "It's hard for all of us. No mother expects this to happen to their child."
Jeremy was with Miguel when it happened and rushed over to help his best friend.
"I just laid there beside him. I put my jacket over him and just held him tight and told him I loved him," Jeremy said. "He was like a big brother to me."
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