UPDATE: New details released in the case of a four-year-old boy who was run over and killed by a Bush Hog on Sunday show that the man operating the equipment was drinking at the time, deputies say.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office said Stevie Neighbors admitted to drinking three or four beers on Sunday morning when the incident took place.
On Sunday around 11:40 a.m., Neighbors was bush hogging a field when the tractor hit a hole, causing two children to fall, deputies said. One of the children, an eight-year-old girl, was able to catch herself on the steering wheel. The other child, a four-year-old boy, fell forward off the tractor.
Before Neighbors could stop the equipment, the boy was run over by the bush hog and killed, deputies said.
Neighbors told the sheriff’s office he was driving the tractor in fourth gear low range at full throttle and estimated he was traveling about four or five miles per hour, according to authorities.
The suspect voluntarily allowed himself to be taken to a nearby hospital for a blood test after the incident. When the test was complete, he was booked into the Garland County Detention Center.
Jail records indicate he has since been released.
Man Faces Manslaughter Charges After Child Dies in Bush Hog Accident
UPDATE: Garland County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Stevie Neighbors, 53, and charged him with manslaughter in connection to a 4 year-old child being struck and killed in an accident involving a Bush Hog mower.
Investigators said Neighbors admitted while bush hogging he had the child on the tractor with him and that his front tire hit a hole causing the child to be thrown off the tractor and run over.
Authorities said the child was pronounced dead at the scene by the Garland County Coroner.
Neighbors is currently being held at the Garland County Detention Center on a $3,500.00 bond.
GARLAND COUNTY, Ark — Garland County Sheriff’s deputies said a 4-year-old child was hit and killed Sunday morning by a bush hog mower.
Authorities said it happened on a ranch on the 1900 block of Three Sisters’ Springs in Lake Ouachita State Park.
According to deputies, Stevie Neighbors told them that while bush hogging he had the child on the tractor with him and that his tire hit a hole causing the child to be thrown off the tractor and run over.
The child was pronounced dead at the scene by the Garland County Coroner and after an investigation Neighbors was arrested and charged with Manslaughter.
Friends close to the family said the family is distraught. Investigators said no one has been arrested, but are not done with their investigation. GCSO said more information about the deadly accident should be released Monday.