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Child injured in lawnmower mishap still critical

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By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

A 4-year-old boy remained in critical condition Thursday at a Nashville hospital, a day after he was struck by a riding lawnmower operated by his 10-year-old sister at a Lebanon residence.

The childs name has not been released.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan told The Wilson Post Thursday he had checked with officials at the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt and was told the boy was in critical condition following emergency surgery Wednesday night.

Bryan said investigators are continuing to review the incident to figure out exactly how the tragedy occurred.

Wilson County Sheriffs Department, along with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel, responded to a call at 3441 Franklin Road in Lebanon at 4:58 p.m., Wednesday, regarding a lawnmower accident. WEMA dispatch reports said the call involved reports of a 4-year-old whose ankle, arm and leg were almost severed and whose hand was partially severed by the lawnmower blade.

Investigators reported that the child and his 10-year-old sister were playing at the home, whose resident was not the childs parent or primary caregiver.

What we understand was that the homeowner had just finished mowing the yard and the kids were out there playing. The way we understand it is that the 10-year-old sister was driving the lawnmower and lost control, Bryan said. We believe that the 4-year-old was playing in the yard and not riding on the lawnmower. We are trying to understand how the blades got engaged.

WEMA Director John Jewell said that upon arrival, emergency personnel found that residents had already pulled the boy out from underneath the lawnmower.

We carried him to the Lebanon Airport and he was LifeFlighted from there to Vanderbilt, Jewell said, adding that no additional information has been released about the condition of the boy. A lot of times, we dont hear about the outcome for a while.

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