Deputies: Lake Odessa 6-year-old run over by lawn mower

Posted at 10:50 PM, May 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-09 22:50:34-04

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. — A 6-year-old boy was run over by a lawn mower Saturday night, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they got the call around 8:15 p.m. Authorities believe the boy was playing in the yard while his mom was mowing it with a riding lawn tractor. Apparently, unaware to his mom, the 6-year-old was trying to ride on the hitch of the tractor. Deputies said he then fell off the hitch when his mom put the tractor into reverse, running over his leg with the mower.

The boy was taken to a local hospital to treat the severe leg injury. His condition as of late Saturday was unknown.

The Sheriff’s Office said it wants to remind everyone of the dangers that come with operating outdoor power equipment. They ask that people be aware of their surroundings, and make sure that all children stay a safe distance from the equipment.