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Child dies after 50-foot fall at Lakers game [Updated]

November 22, 2010 |  5:52 am

A child is dead after falling 50 feet from the downtown Staples Center arena's luxury suites after the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors basketball game.

LAPD Sgt. Frank Alvelais said early Monday that the boy, believed to be 2 or 3 years old, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he died. The boy's name hasn't been released.

The boy fell from the third-level top tier of the Staples luxury suites several minutes after the Lakers beat the Warriors 117-89 on Sunday night.

[Updated at 6:50 a.m.: The boy was moving his arms and legs as he was moved onto a stretcher, according to a witness who declined to be identified. He was taken to a local hospital.

An hour after the game, arena security officials could be seen examining and taking photos of a suite on the highest level on the west side of the building.]

-- Associated Press and Mike Bresnahan at Staples Center

[For the record, 7 a.m.: A previous version of this post said KTLA-TV reported it was believed the boy was taking pictures when he plunged to the concrete floor. A spokeswoman for KTLA says that report was incorrect.]

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