Toddler dies after wind gust tosses bounce pad into the air

Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 13:33:56-04

LINCOLN, Neb. – A 2-year-old boy died after a gust of wind tossed a bounce pad into the air at a Nebraska pumpkin patch.

Caleb Acuna was pronounced dead Thursday after being taken to a hospital, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Acuna was playing on a bounce pad with his sister, 5-year-old Aura, Wednesday at a private event at JK’s Pumpkin Patch north of Lincoln.

A strong gust of wind lifted the bounce pad into the air at about 6 p.m. and it overturned from where it was staked into the ground, according to deputies.

Aura was thrown off the pad, but Caleb stayed on as it tumbled to the ground and he sustained a head injury.

Both children were taken to the hospital, Aura with a broken arm and Caleb with a critical head injury. Caleb died the next day.

The Pumpkin Patch’s owner posted on Facebook:

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, [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. Our love and continued prayers.”

– JK’s Pumpkin Patch family