Courtesy KHOU

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas -- A 3-year-old boy died after he was kicked by his family's horse at their Liberty County home, deputies said late Wednesday.

The incident reportedly occurred around 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of County Road 6479.

The family, which lives in a rural area, took the injured child to meet an ambulance at a nearby grocery store. Life Flight transported the boy to a hospital in Houston where doctors worked for nearly an hour before he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said it appeared the boy was kicked in his upper chest.

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.