It is tragic news for a Nebraska family whose two year old son was injured at a Lancaster County pumpkin patch on Wednesday.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Caleb Acuna has died from injuries he sustained when the inflatable bounce pad he was on was uprooted by a strong wind gust.
Authorities say Acuna was pronounced dead at 12:45 Thursday afternoon at Bryan West hospital, and was taken off a respirator on Friday morning.
The call for the incident at JK's Pumpkin Patch, just north of Lincoln, came in around 6:00 Wednesday night. The Sheriff's Office said two children, Acuna and his five year old sister, were on the bounce pad with their mother when an unexpected gust of wind hit. That wind gust reportedly carried the bounce pad about 40 yards. A National Weather Service local storm report showed that winds were gusting up to 59 MPH near the pumpkin patch around the time of the incident.
Authorities said the girl and her mother were thrown off the pad when the wind hit, but Acuna became trapped underneath when it flipped over and tumbled. The girl was treated and released from the hospital.
Authorities are investigating whether the bounce pad was properly secured. An autopsy has been ordered for Acuna, and the investigation is ongoing.