(WFLA) The mother of a 2-year-old Palm Harbor girl whose feet were amputated by a riding mower says the accident won't stop her daughter from succeeding in life.
"I have to be strong for my daughter," said Nicole Nugent. "I'm sad, but she needs me more than I need to be sad right now."
Pinellas County deputies say Ireland Nugent's father, Jeremiah Nugent, was mowing the lawn Wednesday evening when he accidentally backed over his 2-year-old daughter. The family says Ireland ran up behind him on the mower as he was backing up in the front yard of their Palm Harbor home.
"He couldn't hear her because the lawnmower was going," Nicole said. "She wanted her daddy."