- Boy, 5, caught between a table and a wall as floor moved, police say
- Family was visiting from Charlotte, North Carolina
As the floor moved, the child became caught “in between maybe 4 to 5 inches of space,” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said.
“A small child (doesn’t) know what to do in those moments. It crushed his little, small body,” Pickard said.
The floor automatically stopped as it is designed to do when something is caught. The boy suffered serious head injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he died, the officer said.
“We know they (were) the last customers for the lunch crowd, and this was very tragic,” Pickard said.
The family was visiting Atlanta from Charlotte, North Carolina. The boy’s name was not immediately released.
The hotel’s manager, George Reed, issued a statement offering condolences to the family.