Child bitten by rattlesnake, taken to hospital

Posted at 2:02 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 21:43:25-04

BOULEVARD, Calif. - A rattlesnake struck a toddler in the rural East County Tuesday, sending the child to a hospital.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Ribbonwood Road and Interstate 8 in Boulevard about noon to tend to the stricken child, according to Cal Fire.

Medics airlifted the youngster, believed to be 2 or 3 years old, to Rady Children's Hospital, said Kendal Bortisser, a fire captain with the state agency.

The victim's gender, condition and prognosis were not released, and the conditions under which the snakebite occurred were unclear, according to Bortisser.