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Old 11-04-2011, 07:13 PM
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Toddler fatally struck by riding lawnmower in Titusville 11/04/11

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Toddler fatally struck by riding lawnmower in Titusville 11/04/11

A Titusville toddler died this afternoon after he was run over by a riding lawnmower operated by his grandmother. Paramedics and police officers were called to 4150 Navajo Lane at 11:21 a.m.
According to the Titusville Police Department, the 19-month-old boy was riding on a trailer attached to the lawnmower. He fell and suffered a head injury.

The mower's blades were engaged at the time of the incident outside the grandmother's house, detectives said.

�He was riding on the lawnmower with Grandma and somehow fell off and was run over,� said Battalion Chief Scott Gaenicke of Titusville Fire & Emergency Services. �We believe the blades of the lawnmower struck the child.�
Helicopter operators planned to take the child to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, but the boy's condition deteriorated rapidly, and the aircraft was diverted to Parrish Medical Center. The toddler died early this afternoon.

Titusville police Detective Allen Davies said investigators were trying to figure out how the boy fell. Davies would not release the names of the people involved.
�There�s always a possibility� of criminal charges, Davies said. �It will depend on the information we get.�

Contact Knapp at 321-242-3669 or aknapp@floridatoday.com.
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There have been many previous threads on this topic. Many have very fond memories growing up, of "riding on the tractor with Grandpa on the farm etc."

My thought is, what could this grandmother possibly say to this child's mother ?! I bet grandma would gladly trade her life for this child's but it can't be undone.
Is it ever really worth the risk? It's amazing that many still think so.
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