A 5-year-old boy was killed after his body was caught between a wall and the rotating floor of the Sun Dial Restaurant at the top of a downtown Atlanta tower Friday.
The boy and his family were dining at the popular tourist destination, which sits atop the 73-story Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and slowly rotates to offer patrons a 360-degree view of the city, when the unfortunate incident occurred.
“The mother and father were sitting at the table,” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said, according to CNN. “The kid was wandering as kids would do and somehow found himself in the critical situation where he was lodged between the rotating floor and the wall.”
“A small child (doesn’t) know what to do in those moments. It crushed his little, small body,” Pickard said.
The boy, later identified as Charlie Holt, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His family was visiting Atlanta from North Carolina.
George Reed, the manager of the Westin Hotel, issued a statement about the incident. “There was a tragic accident at the hotel involving a young boy,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The restaurant was closed over the weekend due to the boy’s death.
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