Lafayette boy dies after rolling car window up on his neck

Posted at 9:55 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-26 11:27:23-04

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A 2-year-old Tippecanoe County boy was killed after he rolled a car window up on his head.

Drew Vanderkleed said his son, Logan, was taking a nap in the car with the air conditioning on while he was cleaning out the car next to them.  At some point, Logan woke from his nap and rolled down the car’s window, accidentally rolling it back up on his neck with an automatic button.

By the time Drew noticed his young son’s head sticking out of the window; Logan was not breathing. Doctors later determined that he had gone without a pulse for a “significant” amount of time.  

Logan was rushed to Riley Hospital for Children. Days of testing and breathing machines showed little progress and very low levels of brain function.

In the week Logan fought for his life at the hospital, thousands of people rallied behind his family on Facebook praying for a miracle.

On Thursday night, after breathing on his own for the first time in a week, Logan passed away surrounding by family and friends. 

Logan’s father recalls the last few moments he had with his son before the accident.

“I laid him down for a nap - I remember - I play this game with him where I use him for a pillow and I act like I'm asleep,” said Drew. “He screams or smacks my head to wake me up. We played that a few times. Of course, he said 'again, again' I said no, it's time to go to sleep. It'll just be a short nap. I'll be back in a little bit. Yeah, that was my last moment with him.

Logan’s visitation will be held Monday at 5 p.m. at Sunrise Reformed Christian Church followed by a celebration of life service on Tuesday.