Lawn mower accident injures 4-year-old child in Hardee County

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. - A 4-year-old child has been flown to Tampa General Hospital as a trauma alert, after being hit by a riding lawn mower in Hardee County.

According to the Bowling Green Police Department, the girl and her 8-year-old sister were outside playing, when her father backed up the mover and struck the girl's left leg.

It happened at a residence on Freeman Ave. Friday afternoon.

A spokesman for BGPD told ABC Action News, the girl's injuries are significant, but not to the degree of Ireland Nugent.

Nugent lost both of her feet in a lawnmower accident in April in Palm Harbor (see

At this point, the police are treating this case as an accident, but Department of Children and Families will be investigating as standard protocol.

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