Child injured in Ky. State Fair booth; family looks for answers


by Joe Arnold

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 10:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – 6-year-old James Sheckles Jr.  and his family had been at the fair for hours Saturday afternoon when a soapbox derby car on a table in the Jessamine County booth caught his eye.

After he leaned in for a closer look, a hook holding up a sign from that table caught his stomach.

“I got hooked one of these things that holds up a poster,” Sheckles said.

Sheckles’ father James Sr. said the incident resembled what a fish looks like being caught on a hook.

“My feet was off the ground,” Sheckles said. “My momma yanked me off screaming for my dad.”

His parents say the hook was about the same size as a shower hook. Doctors fear the skin in the middle of the wounded area will die and James will face surgery.

“It was little bitty chunks of meat that was falling on to the ground around him from where it ripped the meat,” James Sr. said.

His parents said Sheckles was bleeding profusely and they feared for his life.

“They said if he would have been skinnier, it could have ripped out his intestines,” his mother Jennifer Sheckles said.

The general counsel for the Kentucky State Fair Board contacted the family after WHAS11 called about the incident.

Calling it a very unfortunate incident, the Fair Board says the Pride of the Counties area is leased to the Kentucky Farm Bureau.