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Trapped in car window, 2-year-old boy dies

Posted at 8:24 AM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 08:24:58-04

LAFAYETTE, IN (WXIN/CNN) - An Indiana couple is mourning the loss of their 2-year-old son after he got his neck stuck in the window of a car.

Logan Vanderkleed's parents say he was what you would expect of a boy growing up on a farm. He wanted to be involved with everything and was fearless, climbing and riding a tractor.

Those memories are what his parents are using to get through the pain of his untimely death.

"We go to something and it reminds of Logan, and it hurts," Drew Vanderkleed said. "We cry, and when that passes we find some joy."

Last week, Logan and his 5-year-old sister, Kendra, had just gotten back to the family's Lafayette farm from lunch with their dad, They were asleep and he decided to leave them in the car with the air conditioning on not far from where he was working to keep an eye on them.

But Logan woke up and somehow rolled the window down and then back up with his head hanging out of it.

"Look up one time and there he was, outside the window, his head," Drew Vanderkleed said.

Logan was rushed to the hospital and stayed alive for a week, but died from his injuries Thursday morning.

The Vanderkleeds started a Love for Logan Facebook page that has more than 40,000 likes, and they say it is a fitting tribute to the power of prayer and the life their little boy lived.

"Out of all this, I hope when people look at us and our composure, they don't really see us," Drew Vanderkleed said. "That is Christ in us. He is what's holding us up."

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