Friday, April 23, 2004 Posted: 7:44 AM EDT (1144 GMT)
DALEVILLE, Virginia (AP) -- A 4-year-old boy died Thursday after his baby sitter's husband accidentally ran over him with a riding lawn mower.
Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said Justin Eric Simmons was at a home day care facility operated by Roberta and Orville Reedy when the accident occurred shortly before noon.
"It's bad. ... A terrible, tragic thing," said Maj. Delbert Dudding of the sheriff's office.
Orville Reedy, 65, told investigators he was going up a slope on the mower when the engine almost died. Reedy told police he depressed the clutch and as the mower rolled backward he felt a bump. Stopping the mower, Reedy discovered the boy, according to Sprinkle.
The child suffered head injuries and died at a hospital, police said.
Justin and his younger brother stayed with the Reedys while their parents worked.
No charges have been filed in the case, but authorities said the investigation is continuing.
Woot. That must've been a huge spray of blood and guts. Considering the power of some of those riding mowers I've seen, bits of this kid must've been spewed all over the place. The only way you could pick up all the parts is with a wetdry vac. Too bad there wasn't a picture. It would answer that age old baby in a blender question.