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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Death of toddler at Staples Center ruled an accident by L.A. coroner

By Cindy Boren

The death of a child who fell from a Staples Center luxury box after the Lakers' game Sunday night has been ruled an accident.

According to the L.A. County coroner, an autopsy of 2-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang showed multiple traumatic injuries but no evidence of foul play.

The child, who would have turned 3 in January, had been posing with his parents and 11-year-old sister in front of a glass partition at the front of the luxury box. As the family was looked at the photos, he climbed the barrier and fell 30 feet, landing on a row of empty seats. He was taken to an LA hospital and died Monday morning.

The juvenile division of the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating, a routine procedure. The barrier was found to be in compliance with building codes, according to David Lara, a spokesman for the L.A. Department of Building and Safety.

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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Didn't need the Coroner's report to know this was an accident. Am really appalled by the comments on the LA Times site from readers blaming the parents for this. As if these parents aren't going through enough grief already.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 24, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 - It was an accident, but a VERY preventable one. The parents should not have left a two year old standing by himself on a countertop, especially with the short glass partition there,

Posted by: bal503 | November 24, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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