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Police still investigating toddler's death from a lawnmower

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT/WMBF) Tabor City Police continue to investigate what they call one of the most gruesome cases they have ever seen. It was a horrific scene Wednesday afternoon when a three-year-old boy was killed after being run over by his family's lawnmower.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday on West Third Street. Mario Lewis Jr., 3, was reportedly riding the lawnmower with an adult when he fell. He was taken to Loris Hospital in South Carolina but did not survive the incident.

Peggy Watson Soles, a neighbor, said she had seen Mario playing with her nephew only thirty minutes before his death. "It's just indescribable," Soles said. "It's not something I would wish on my own worst enemy."

Police are still investigating how the toddler ended up underneath the lawnmower. Tabor City police are still conducting interviews with witnesses and neighbors.

At this point, investigators say it was Mario's cousin who was working on the lawn at the time of the incident. His cousin told police that he had set the child on the ground in order to move a trampoline, and when he turned around, the lawnmower was on top of the child.

The man riding the lawnmower was interviewed briefly this afternoon, and officials say they will conduct a more formal longer interview tomorrow. The man reportedly said that he was off the lawnmower when the toddler was run over, and that maybe the toddler pulled something to get the lawnmower moving.

No charges have been filed as of yet in this case, but that could change as soon as Thursday morning after the Tabor City Police Department meets with the District Attorney's office. Because Mario's body was taken across state lines to a Loris Hospital, the Horry County Coroner's Office will also be assisting in this investigation.

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