A Nebraska community is sending their prayers to the parents of Caleb Acuna after the 2-year-old passed away in a pumpkin patch accident.
The toddler and his older sister, 5-year-old Gabrielle, were enjoying a full day of fall fun at a local pumpkin farm when playtime turned tragic, reports KETV.
According to the Star Tribune, the children, along with their parents Edward and Berna Acuna, were bouncing around on a giant inflatable jack-o-lantern when a powerful gust of wind hurled the bounce pad about 30 feet into the air.
The gust of wind threw Caleb, Gabrielle, and their mother on to the ground.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner told KETV, the wind was moving at about 59 miles per hour when it tossed the two children and Berna off the pad.
As a result of the accident, Gabrielle suffered a broken arm.
Her brother, however, sustained a critical brain injury and was rushed to the hospital.
The toddler later died on Thursday after being taken off of life support, reports 1011 Now.
“He was kind of trapped inside the bounce pad. When it tumbled.”
Amanda Kadavy and her husband Josh, who operate the pumpkin patch on their family farm, told the Kearney Hub:
“(The wind) came up from out of nowhere. We’re asking for prayers for the (injured) children and the support of the community.”
The owners of JK’s Pumpkin Patch declined to comment any further.
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In a statement posted to Facebook, they wrote, in part:
Our thoughts, prayers & deepest condolences & sympathies are with the family at this time.
It’s 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.
As the Tribune reports, Nebraska does not inspect or regulate inflatables.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 113,000 inflatable-related injuries reported between 2003 and 2013 in the United States.
Twelve of those injuries resulted in death.
Watch the video below to learn more about the pumpkin patch accident: