Toddler killed in riding lawn mower accident

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FERNDALE, Wash.Child Abuse Generic — A grandfather riding a lawn mower accidentally killed his grandson Saturday when he inadvertently backed over him while mowing the lawn, the Bellingham Herald reported.

According to the Herald, the boy was two days shy of his second birthday when his 67-year-old grandfather accidentally backed over the boy while riding a John Deere mower at the boy’s home north of Ferndale, Wash. The boy was instantly killed.

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo told the Herald that evidence suggest the grandfather backed over the boy on accident, and he would not be charged with a crime. It is unclear if the boy was crushed or how else he may have died.

“It’s what appears to be a tragic, freak accident,” Elfo told the Herald.

The family’s identity is being withheld to protect their privacy.

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4 comments

  • Marshall

    That poor family. It makes no sense to charge the grandfather in an accident, I'm sure he is punishing himself mentally already. As a father of a two year old, I can only imagine what they are going through.

  • John Fuller

    This is very hard for anyone to have to live with. My guess is that the old guy will not be around much longer. This is very sad…

  • Margo

    There's really no answer for why this happened that most of us could understand. The grandfather is most likely going to live with guilt for the remainder of his life. I pray that the family can come together and realize that this was a tragedy. Look to the Lord and know that he has his arms wrapped around the little one —- he's in good hands.