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2-year-old's fingertip severed in mall escalator accident

April 12, 2011 |  6:51 am

A 2-year-old boy who fell while riding on an esclator at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall got his finger caught in the moving escalator, severing his fingertip, according to the Glendale Fire Department.

The incident occurred at about 9:53 a.m. Saturday at the bottom of the escalator inside the mall, which is adjacent to the food court.  The child's left index finger got caught in the escalator, Glendale Fire Capt. Stu Stefani said.

“It was damaged pretty bad,” he said.

Paramedics rushed the boy to Children's Hospital Los Angeles while firefighters continued to search for the severed fingertip.  Fire crews pulled apart portions of the escalator until, about 30 minutes later, they found the fingertip lodged in an escalator tread, Stefani said. Afterward, they put the fingertip on ice and rushed it to the hospital, where doctors were to determine whether reattachment was possible. 

Glendale Galleria officials declined to comment on the incident.

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