Rattlesnake bites 3-year-old at preschool playground

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SAN DIEGO -- A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized as a trauma patient Friday after he was bitten by a rattlesnake at his preschool in the Allied Gardens area.

The boy was playing by the fence on the edge of the canyon campus and a small rattlesnake slipped through the fence, the preschool director said.

Evelyng Cohen has two kids who go to the school. She was there at time when the incident occurred. "Everybody was trying to help the little kid and get kids in the classroom," Cohen told FOX 5. "We all know that we have to be aware because we live next to a canyon."

Dispatchers received reports of the bite about 9:45 a.m. in the 6800 block of Easton Court, located off Waring Road, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

The boy was taken to Rady Children's Hospital and animal control was contacted to get the rattlesnake. SDFD ultimately killed the snake using a stick to prevent it from biting other children in the area, Munoz confirmed.

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