Boy, 3, flown to Indy after hit by heavy equipment

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HENRY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – A 3-year-old Henry County child was flown to Indianapolis Saturday morning after police say he was hit by a heavy piece of equipment.

According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, at around 10:37 a.m. officers responded to the 2900 block of East 875N after receiving the report that the child had been hit.

Officers learned the operator of a Caterpillar skid-steer loader–the boyfriend of the child’s mother–was using the equipment in a field near their home. The child was riding a battery operating toy near the equipment.

Officers say the man didn’t see that the boy was behind the equipment and backed over the 3-year-old. The child’s mother and another child were nearby.

The 3-year-old boy was taken my medical helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

The accident is under investigation. Officers say the man complied with a blood draw for analysis, which is procedure for accidents involving serious injury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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