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An actor working at a haunted house attraction in the US 'accidentally' stabbed a child in the foot.
Officers were called out to the 7 Floors of Hell haunted house in Berea, Ohio, on Saturday after receiving a call about a boy who had been stabbed in the foot.
The 11-year-old was visiting the fairground with a family friend when he was stabbed by 22-year-old actor Christopher Pogozelski who had been using the large knife as a prop to scare visitors.
According to News 5, witnesses said Pogozelski had been scraping the knife across the ground before he began to stab into the floor, but in doing so he put the blade through the boy's shoe leaving him with a cut to the big toes on his left foot.
Pogozelski told officers that 'using the knife was not a good idea and that injury was an accident'.
The knife has since been confiscated.
Karen Bednarski, the boy's mum, told News 5: "He walked up to my son and he was holding the knife and his intentions were to scare him, but my son responded to him by saying, 'That's fake. I'm not scared'."
She says Pogozelski then started to stab the ground but ended up getting too close to the schoolboy and stabbing his foot.
He did not require hospital treatment for the wound.
The mum went on to say she was 'highly upset' by the incident and claimed staff at the park had said 'accidents happen'.
Rodney Geffert, the president of Night Scream Entertainment, which owns the attraction told the news outlet: "I guess he got a little too close. It was a complete accident and poked the boy's toe."
He said staff at 7 Floors of Hell are only permitted to use rubber props and that they are not allowed to touch the customers.
He says the 'popular' actor was using the real blade without his knowledge.
Lieutenant Tom Walker from Berea Police Department confirmed to News 5 that Pogozelski has been charged in relation to the incident.
He said: "I can't explain why he brought the real knife.
"He should have been using a fake prop or rubber, rubber knife.
"Obviously a poor decision on his part to bring a real knife to the fairgrounds.
"And he's been criminally charged with negligent assault as a result of making that decision."
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