Lima girl, 4, hurt when dad hits her with mower

A 4-year-old-girl in Northwest Ohio is recovering after her dad accidentally backed over her with a riding lawn mower.

Authorities in Lima say the girl suffered severe injuries to her legs and is in fair condition at a Columbus hospital.

Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish says the father was mowing Sunday when he backed up near a tree and the mower shut down. He then noticed his daughter underneath the mower.

The sheriff tells The Lima News the man then lifted the mower off his daughter.

He says the girl had been playing outside and ended up behind the mower without her father knowing.