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Toddler dead after mom hits her with SUV

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Deputies say a toddler has died after being accidentally run over by her mother in Nokomis.

It happened Thursday at a home on Tarpon Court. The 20-month-old girl was in the yard blowing bubbles, investigators believe.

Deputies say Coleen Depasse's husband had just finished making a repair on their SUV in the driveway.

When she went to pull it forward, deputies say she did not see the toddler had wandered in front of the vehicle.

"The little blond girl was on the porch and her mom was cuddling her. There was blood everywhere; it was awful," said witness Kate Donnelly. "I couldn't stop crying."

The girl was pronounced dead at Venice Regional Medical Center.

"I can't imagine anyone losing their child that way," Donnelly said. "They are going to blame themselves for the rest of their lives."

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