A two-year-old boy who was playing at a Nebraska pumpkin patch died tragically after the bounce pad he was playing on was blown over by a strong gust of wind.
The incident took place at JK's Pumpkin Patch, located just north of Lincoln, at a private event on Wednesday night.
According to reports, the bounce pad was staked down to the ground, but the gust of winds were reported to have been around 60 mph and carried the airborne bounce pad 40 yards away, where it landed in a soybean field at approximately 6 p.m.
Caleb suffered a critical head injury and his five-year-old sister broke her arm. They were both transported to Bryan Health West Campus, where Caleb was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. He was taken off the respirator the following morning.
Lincoln and the surrounding region were in a wind advisory at the time of the accident because of high wind gusts up until 9 p.m. that night.
"The mother and five–year–old girl were tossed off of the bounce pad when the wind gust hit and it started to go airborne. The bounce pad folded over and I think the little boy was in that when it tumbled," Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner told KLKN.
"The description of this wind gust was that it really came up out of nowhere," Wagner added. "I don't think they would have let people on it had the wind been sustained. This was an abnormal incident where the wind gust came up and blew it."
An autopsy has been ordered by the Lancaster County Attorney and the toddler’s death remains under investigation.
The venue owner, Josh Kadavy does not wish to speak to the media. On the venue’s Facebook page, the following status was posted on Friday:
“WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY OUR ATTORNEY NOT TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.
'OUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS & DEEPEST CONDOLENCES & SYMPATHIES ARE WITH THE THE FAMILY AT THIS TIME" ITS BEEN AN EXTREMELY EMOTIONAL SITUATION FOR ME AND MY FAMILY AS WELL AS THE FAMILY OF THE LITTLE BOY. WE ARE CONTINUING TO LIFT THE FAMILY UP IN PRAYER. OUR LOVE AND CONTINUED PRAYERS, JKS PUMPKIN PATCH FAMILY
As the sad news continues to travel, a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Caleb’s memorial. So far, $21,375 of the $20,000 goal. The goal was raised from $15,000 to to help cover expenses of family traveling internationally to be with the Acunas “during this difficult time.”