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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Child dies after 50-foot fall after Lakers-Warriors game at Staples Center

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 2:55 p.m.

The parents of a 2-year-old who was killed when he fell 50 feet from a luxury suite at Staples Center had been taking photos of him shortly before he fell.

Los Angeles Police Department officials told the Los Angeles Times that the parents of Lucas Anthony Tang, who would have turned 3 in January, lost track of him as they were looking at the photos they'd taken. He climbed over the glass partition and fell.

The LAPD's abused-child unit is investigating, a standard practice that officials said does not necessarily mean a crime has been committed.

Filed at 10:04 a.m.

A toddler died Sunday night after falling from a Staples Center luxury suite after the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.

The child, whose name has not been released, was a boy believed to be 2-to-3 years of age, according to Police Sgt. Frank Alvelais. He initially was moving his arms, legs and head after the 50-foot fall from the top tier of luxury suites, witnesses told the Los Angeles Times.

He was taken by paramedics to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he died.

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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R.I.P. little fella.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | November 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

so tragic. at that age they are so mobile and inquisitive with no thought to their own safety. i wish the family well in their time of grief.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | November 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

So sad....my prayers go out to that family. Being a parent, definitely your worst nightmare no matter what circumstances.

Posted by: michaelaudet | November 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I cannot imagine the sorrow his parents must feel. My prayers are with them.

Posted by: syvetteavery | November 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Definitely I agree with the other posters. But I ask three things of the parents, to whom I extend deep sympathy:

If the facts are as in this article,

1. Please don't blame the arena.
2. Please don't go on television.
3. Please don't bring a lawsuit.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | November 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope they have support services for the witnesses. What an awful thing to see. I, for one, would need a lot of help dealing with that sight. Being a parent, this is devastating .....

Posted by: justaguy43 | November 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

This is so incredibly sad. It doesn't matter how careful you are as a parent with your toddler ... they can get away from you in the blink of an eye. Sounds like no one is at fault here. The little guy probably wanted to see what was over the rail. And "justaguy43" ... you are right. As a witness, I would've been a basket case.

My prayers go out to his family. God rest his little soul ...

Posted by: gitouttahere | November 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What a devastating tragedy. My heart breaks for this young boy and his family.

Posted by: JKJ88 | November 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

A baby awake and out in a loud public setting at that hour of the night is either going to be loopy grumpy or wired to the gills. All the more reason not to let an unattended toddler climb over a glass partition and railing, both of which are there for a reason. It could not have been anything less than horrifying for everyone in the SC.

Posted by: streetnoise | November 22, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Sad as it is, it just highlights the need for vigilance when looking after small children in a public place.
@Nemo24601: being LA, I'm sure a lawsuit will follow, but it should be against the parents for their failure to provide a safe environment for the child.

Posted by: sandbagger | November 22, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The death of this poor little boy is heartbreaking. And almost as heartbreaking is the willingness of total strangers, who have no details of this incident and know nothing of these parents or their possible love for and care of this child, to go on national forums such as this and other websites and blame the parents based on nothing more than the facts above. Are there facts that could support that judgment? Absolutely -- drugs, alcohol, outright neglect, to name a few. But it is also possible that these are loving, devoted parents who doted on their child, took care of his every need, nurtured him physcially, spiritually and emotionally, and simply underestimated a risk (i.e., the height of a railing or the availability of something to climb on). Show me a parent who claims his/her child has never stayed up past bedtime and I'll show you a parent who is either dissembling or unreasonably draconian on bedtimes. I, for one, would not have hesitated to let my little ones (24 months and 5 years old) stay up later than usual to experience the sound and excitement of a professional basketball game in (what would have appeared to be) the relative safety of a luxury suite -- with the expectation and understanding that they'd nap longer and go to bed early the next day. Show me a parent who claims never to have made a mistake -- of judgment, of foresight, of planning -- and I'll show you a parent in denial. Two sad truths of parenting are that (i) sometimes children suffer at the hands of bad parents, and (ii) children also suffer, sometimes, despite the best-intentioned efforts of very loving parents.

Until given a reason to feel otherwise, my heart will break for these parents as much as for their son: no parent should ever have to suffer the loss of a child and the blame they will surely heap upon themselves will increase their heartbreak exponentially. This mother, at least, will not, add to that blame: God bless you and your family as you grieve, and provide your hearts respite when you need it most.

Posted by: HImom | November 22, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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