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Five-year-old killed in farming accident near Abilene

October 24, 2013|by Angela Smith and Samantha Anderson | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(DICKINSON COUNTY, Kan.) — A five-year old girl was killed Wednesday evening in a farming accident in Dickinson County.

The accident occurred about 5pm in the Manchester area, near 3400 Avenue and Key Road.

Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman says Brooklyn Debenham was riding in a combine with father.  They hit a bump, the front glass of the cab broke, and the child fell forward through front window into the machine.

Emergency crews responded immediately. Brooklyn was pronounced dead on the scene.

People in Abilene were sad to hear what happened.

"We are a pretty close-knit community," resident and farmer Shelley Crane said. "We're a farming community, so when something happens, it's like it's happening to your own family."

Crane says she has taken her own children in a combine before.

"It was just common nature for farm people to do that," Crane said. "You just teach your kids."

Brooklyn was a kindergartner at Kennedy Elementary in Abilene.  


Superintendent Dr. Denise Guy says they had a crisis team in the school today.  "We are saddened by the situation and are working to support the family, staff and students of the school district.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

Memorial contributions can be made to the Brooklyn Lee Memorial Fund and sent to Martin Becker Carlson Funeral Home-- 414 NW 3rd Street, Abilene, KS 67401.

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