3-yr-old boy is tragically killed in front of his family as dad mistakenly runs him over with lawn mower

3-yr-old boy is tragically killed in front of his family as dad mistakenly runs him over with lawn mower
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SOUTH PAMBULA, AUSTRALIA: A horrific tragedy involving a toddler and a ride-on lawn mower that his father was operating has led to a police investigation. The three-year-old Australian boy reportedly died as a result of injuries he sustained after the lawn mower was run over him.


The tragic accident occurred over the weekend in South Pambula, Australia. Police were contacted on Saturday, March 11, right after the child was brought to Pambula District Hospital with serious wounds. Despite frantic attempts by medical personnel to save the toddler, he later died.


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The father 'reversed over the poor child'

A police spokesman told The Sun, "He [the father] reversed over the poor child. He didn't see him. I don't think anything you could do to the father would change the way he feels unfortunately. It's unusual, it's not a death that's caused by natural causes so that's why we're doing what we're doing." Further, a report will be prepared for the coroner.


Gardener in the park cutting grass with lawnmower
A lawn mower (Getty Images)

Similar incident in Jacksonville

In 2011, a Jacksonville boy, four, lost his legs in a similar accident when his father backed up the lawn mower over him. Jerry Boyd, a neighbor, claimed that he called 911 immediately after witnessing the little boy crushed under the vehicle after his father accidentally drove over him. "I told them [911] to get here as fast as they can because there is a little boy here with his feet cut off," he said. Boyd said the boy's one foot was apparently severed and the other was seriously injured in the incident in a large lawn. "He got caught up underneath the lawn mower," he said.


According to Sgt Mike Pfenning, the boy was transported to Shands Jacksonville but his wounds were not life-threatening. However, he confirmed that there had been a dismemberment. "According to his father, he did not see his child behind him when he backed up," Pfenning said. After the little boy was rushed to Shands, a police K-9 and a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department search dog combed the yard while family members looked on, supposedly looking for the missing leg. The police did not confirm if anything had been found, as per Jacksonville.com.

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 Toddler, 3, killed by his own dad in horrifying accident