South Fla. Man Accidentally Runs Over Daughter with Lawn Mower

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay area man accidentally ran over his 2-year-old daughter with a riding lawn mower.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports the blades severed both feet at the ankles. Her left hand was injured but intact. She was taken to Tampa General Hospital Wednesday evening. Her condition was not available Thursday.

Authorities say 47-year-old Jeremiah Nugent was cutting the grass at their Palm Harbor home Wednesday. He was about to park the tractor in the garage when he thought his wife, 31-year-old Nicole Nugent, was alerting him that he was about to drive over something. He responded by putting the tractor in reverse, running over his daughter, Ireland. The man immediately turned off the mower, and the woman called 911.

Firefighters say they treated both parents for hysteria.

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