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Police have launched an investigation after a three-year-old boy was killed by a ride-on lawnmower driven by his dad. Police were called to Pambula District Hospital in New South Wales (NSW), Australia after the child was rushed there with serious injuries.
Local media reports the three-year-old child was struck by the heavy gardening machine a number of times in South Pambula, south-east of Bega on the weekend.
Police said the toddler’s father reversed over the toddler and was likely an accident.
NSW Ambulance confirmed paramedics attended the incident.
Police, who were called to the hospital at around 12.30, said the toddler was taken to the hospital but could not be saved.
They have declared crime scenes at the hospital and at the property.
A New South Wales Police spokesperson said: “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.”
Investigations into the incident are ongoing and a report is being prepared for the Coroner.
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A spokesperson told Newsweek: “The three-year-old child— who had reportedly been struck by a ride-on lawn mower—was treated before being declared deceased.”
According to the Australian Institute of Health, lawn mower accidents have steadily risen over the past decade.
But it is more common for accidents to involve adults than children. According to Australian data, 112 lawnmower injuries out of 416 cases involve people aged 40 to 69, the Monash University Accident Research Centre found.
One in ten accidents involves the injury of children under five years of age, data from Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit suggests.
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