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Minnesota toddler fatally run over as relative backs up SUV

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- A 14-month-old Brooklyn Center girl died Monday afternoon when a family member backing up an SUV didn’t realize the child was in the driveway and ran her over, police said.

The girl was one of three toddlers playing in the yard about 3 p.m. when the relative backed up a sport-utility vehicle to make room for a grill that had been set up near the garage, said Brooklyn Center police Cmdr. Brian Peters.

The toddler, whose identity was not released Monday, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The family member, whom police said they were not going to specifically identify, was cooperative with investigators, who were reconstructing the accident with the help of the Minnesota State Patrol and the Hennepin County sheriff’s office.

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