published: Friday, September 20, 2013
No charges in lawn mower accident
By PHIL ATTINGER
LAKE PLACID -- Anthony Meza, the toddler injured Wednesday by a lawn mower, underwent additional surgery Thursday at Tampa General Hospital in an effort to save his left leg and give him use of it in the future.
His parents, Maria Huerto Bello and Guillermo Meza Cruz, are by his side at the hospital, said Nell Hays, public information officer with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.
Other family members in Lake Placid are taking care of Anthony's brother, Angel, and providing emotional support, Hays said.
Anthony was brought into Florida Hospital Lake Placid's emergency room at 10 a.m. Wednesday with serious injuries. Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit learned the child was run over while his mother was mowing at 445 Hayride Ave. in Lake Placid.
Deputies have ruled the incident as a tragic accident, no more, Hays said. They have found no signs of neglect or criminal intent.
"We are all wishing the family and especially Anthony our best in his recovery and the issues they will be facing over the next several weeks," Sheriff Susan Benton said Thursday.
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