SHIN POND — The Maine Warden Service says a 4-year-old boy injured while riding an ATV has died.

Investigators believe Tanner Morse was riding up an incline when the small all-terrain vehicle tumbled backward onto him Monday evening near his grandfather’s home in Shin Pond. He was seen wearing a helmet earlier but the helmet was off when he was found by his father.

The youngster from Searsport was flown via LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital. Cpl. John MacDonald, warden spokesman, says the boy died Tuesday evening.

Maine law forbids children under 10 from operating an ATV but there’s an exception if they’re operating on land owned or leased by their parents. In this case, MacDonald says the boy was operating on land owned by the grandfather. The case remains under review.


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