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Mother Runs Over, Kills Toddler in Plant City

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The mother did not realize the child was nearby, Hillsborough deputies say.

PLANT CITY – Deputies are investigating the death of a 2 year old who died from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a family SUV, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The name of the child and his family were not released. Deputies said the boy was flown to Tampa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 5), deputies said they were called to a home on the 3900 block of State Road 60 W in the Plant City area for a report of a 2-year-old boy struck by a family vehicle.

The child’s mother and grandmother told deputies they were test driving the family’s Chevrolet Blazer that had recently experienced transmission issues. Deputies said the child’s mother was in the driver’s seat.

While test driving the SUV on their private road, the mother said the vehicle began to stall. She put the vehicle in reverse, drove forward, then drove backwards again. While driving, the mother spotted the family dog in the yard and said she realized her child had likely opened the door of their home letting both himself and the dog outside.

Shortly after, the mother and grandmother said they found the 2-year-old boy on the ground in front of the vehicle.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. At this time, charges have not been filed against anyone involved.

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