Police say a raccoon jumped on a 6-year-old and attacked him as he walked to school with his mother in northern New Jersey.

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A witness told officers the animal ran across the street, jumped on the boy's back and crawled onto his face Wednesday morning.

Police Chief Michael Foligno tells The Record newspaper a man ran over and grabbed the raccoon before beating the animal to death with a stick.

Foligno says the child was taken to a hospital with deep cuts.

Bergen County Animal Control will have the animal tested for rabies. The results are expected on Friday.