A toddler dies after a bounce house goes airborne

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A 2-year-old child died after a strong gust of wind sent the bounce house he was in airborne and into a neighboring lot in central Arizona, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said.
The toddler, Bodhi Naaf, is the son of Phoenix firefighter Karl Naaf, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493 union.
While multiple children were in the bounce house at the time of the April 27 incident in Casa Grande, the toddler and another child were the only ones taken to the hospital, according to the Pinal County Sherriff’s Office.
“This appears to have been a tragic accident,” Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lauren Reimer said in a statement.
In its news release, the sheriff’s office did not say whether the bounce house in this case was staked and anchored.
Wind gusts in the area exceeded 20 mph around the time of the incident.
A 2022 study by the American Meteorological Society reported 132 wind-related bounce house incidents worldwide from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2021.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the fundraiser has raised over $155,000 of its $100,000 goal.

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According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, a powerful gust of wind in central Arizona sent the two-year-old child inside a bounce house skydiving and into a neighboring lot, where he perished.

According to the United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493 union, the toddler, Bodhi Naaf, is the son of Phoenix firefighter Karl Naaf.

At the time of the incident on April 27, in Casa Grande, there were several children inside the bounce house; however, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office reports that only the toddler and another child were taken to the hospital.

No life-threatening wounds were sustained by the other child.

According to a statement from Lauren Reimer, a spokesperson for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, “this appears to have been a tragic accident.”. “We would like to send the bereaved family our sincere condolences and prayers. “.

When using bounce houses, wind speeds should not exceed 15 to 25 mph, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The bounce houses should also be staked and anchored.

The sheriff’s office did not specify whether the bounce house in this instance was anchored and staked in its news release. At the time of the incident, gusts of wind in the area were over 20 mph.

Three hundred and thirty-two bounce house incidents worldwide between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2021 were reported in a 2022 study by the American Meteorological Society. The society reported 479 injuries and 28 fatalities stemming from these events.

According to a social media post shared by Phoenix Fire Department Engine 25 and set up by a family friend, Karl Naaf and his wife Cristy are expecting their second child this month.

The fundraiser exceeded its $100,000 target by more than $155,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Robert Shackelford of CNN contributed to this story.

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