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Child-abuse unit investigating boy's death in Staples Center fall [Updated]

Staples A 2-year old boy died after falling 50 feet from a Staples Center luxury suite after Sunday night's Lakers game, and the death is being investigated by the LAPD's abused-child unit, officials said Monday.

The boy was taken to Los Angeles County–USC Medical Center, where he died, said Officer Julie Sohn, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

[Updated at 8:01 a.m.: Coroner's officials said the boy's name is Lucas Anthony Tang.]

He fell from the top level of luxury suites several minutes after the game ended Sunday. It is unclear what the boy was doing before he fell.

Witnesses told The Times the boy was moving his arms, legs and head before paramedics took him out of Staples Center on a stretcher.

[Updated at 7:43 a.m.: Sources close to the investigation said the boy was attending the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors with his parents and 11-year-old sister.]


Cold, rain returns to L.A.; Thanksgiving will be clear

-- Mike Bresnahan at Staples Center and Stephen Ceasar

Photo: A security guard, top, looks down from where a young boy fell to where a second guard stands after the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Sunday night. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

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I DO have children and I do believe that the parents weren't watching their child. I have noticed that many parents don't really pay much attention to what their young children are doing or where they are. It is as if they think that if the child is killed, they'll just pop out a replacement.

This was a tragedy and I am sure the parents are much wiser now. They have only themselves to blame. We can feel sorry for them, but that doesn't change where the responsibility lies.

It makes one wonder who was watching the game and who was watching the child?

Toddler falls 50 feet to his death from a top tier luxury suite only moments after being photographed on his parents’ digital camera at an LA Lakers game.


This is sad that so many people are so cruel. One whenever a child dies there is an investigation by the states Children Protective Service that goes by many names. Not just the parents are investigated the owners of the stadium are investigated. You could be sitting right there looking at your child they jump up hit that wall just right he is over it before you can grabe him. That is why they are called accidents. Kids that age move fast and have no fear. So shame on the People who think they walk on water. Shame on the ones who are quick to judge the perfect parents. I hope you never have to bury your child. That is something no parent can handle and it takes a lifetime to survive for your other children.

If it were a HISPANIC couple they'd have there picture's plastered all over the news! A white couple,20 Attorneys jump to the rescue and FIND a way to Sue the staple center (me Im Greek) ... my personal opinion , they need to go to jail and get AND serve real time .... I see kids go to jail in L.A. on bogus charges and outrageous time (which is a crime in itself)



Condolensces to the family.

Terrible accident but again, I do not understand why parents insist in taking little kids to adult events... You care for your kids or you care for your fun... impossible to do both at the same time.

STOP BLAMING THE PARENTS! My God, have you no mercy? This isn't anyone's fault. Accidents happen. I'm a Occupational Safety specialist and have been an EMT for 30 yrs., it is my experience that even when people do everything right accidents can still occur. May God forbid a tragedy like this ever happens to you, because the fact is we do not have control over everything.

This is why you don't have your young children out late at night, that is when the ER is full of accidents that happen to overtired children. Poor little Lucas should have been at home sleeping when this accident occured.

I totally agree with Oscar! Each child is only worth a set amount of money, and the parents should sue in order to recover the value of their loss.

I was at the hockey game Sunday night at Staples in a box one row lower. I sat in the front row of the luxury box and discovered that the glass in front of me was only about two feet tall. I doubt that is "to code". Anyone, and I mean anyone, could fall from those boxes. A balcony rail must be atleast, what, 3 1/2 feet hight ... hey contractors what is the code...

I know someone who works there, and they saw the lil boy laying there :( this person said the parents were talking pictures when the boy fell. Seconds can change the rest of your life if you take your eyes off your child in certain settings, especially in the setting this child death took place.

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