Great-grandfather can’t erase gruesome memories of little boy in Bonner Springs lawnmower accident

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BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. -- Family describes it as a horrific accident, a 15-month-old stuck under the blades of a riding lawnmower. Family tells FOX 4 the child they call "peanut" is heavily sedated Thursday night and his future is unknown.

A proud great-grandfather grinned from ear to ear at the thought of little Richard Brock; a little boy he says loves to run around his home.

"It's devastating when you think about this, then the thought that well, maybe he'll lose a leg. If you could just see that little guy when he's running around here," Buzz Boutelle said.

Boutelle said on Wednesday he and his family heard sirens off in the distance.

"Golly, every time I see an ambulance go by here I think, 'gee I know people down there. I hope it's nothing serious.' It wasn't but a few minutes later and we get this call," he said.

That's when he found out the ambulance racing through the rural neighborhood was headed to his great-grandson's house.

"Something happened to little Richard," Boutelle said.

Family says when they got there, little Peanut was gone, airlifted to Children's Mercy Hospital. Left behind: the lawnmower, blades covered in blood and according to Boutelle Peanut's sock stuck on one of the blades.

"I can't equate it with anything else I've ever experienced in my life," Boutelle said.

Boutelle says he's not sure exactly how it all happened, but he's praying that his great-grandson will soon again be able to run around and light up his home with his smile.

"He's just getting started you know. His life is just getting started... then for something like this to happen," he said.

Family says the little boy has a broken leg and some infection because of all the cuts all over his body. They say he will undergo surgery Friday.

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