Toddler dies after fall from horse at Thanksgiving family gathering

Lucas Stephenson, 2, loved tractors, animals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A 2-year-old Bloomington boy has died from injuries he suffered when he fell from a horse during a Thanksgiving gathering at his grandfather's farm.

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald-Times that Lucas Ryan Stephenson died at IU Health Bloomington Hospital from injuries he suffered when the horse stepped on the youngster after he fell.

The boy's maternal grandfather, Steve Crowe, said about 30 people who had gathered at his 120-acre eastern Greene County farm had just eaten Thanksgiving dinner when several of them went outside to enjoy the farm. He said his grandson and another person were on a horse when they both fell off of the animal.

Lucas' maternal grandmother, Janet Crowe, said the youngster's death is "just a nightmare I want to wake from."

Lucas attended the Little Whippersnappers Preschool in Bloomington. According to his obituary, Lucas loved tractors, animals and playing outside.

 

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