Investigation continues into death of child at Staples Center
The death of 2-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang, who fell from a Staples Center luxury suite Sunday night, remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division.
The child managed to climb over a safety railing made of glass at the front of the suite as his family was taking photos inside after the Lakers-Warriors game and fell. He died at a hospital of head injuries.
"The Lakers organization would like to express our shock and sadness at the death of Lucas Anthony Tang," the Lakers said in a statement. "To go from a moment of happiness and enjoyment, to the loss of this boy's life, is tragic and heartbreaking. We would like to ask Lakers fans to join us in keeping Lucas and his family in our thoughts and prayers."
A spokesman for Staples Center and its owner, AEG, said they are cooperating with the LAPD, which routinely investigates such incidents.
"I honestly don't know how a child could have fallen over the glass there," Roth said. "It's taller where the stairs come down to the railing. It's all up to code, of course. We've never had anyone fall out of a suite.
"I guess by climbing it or jumping over it, it's possible. But this is all speculative. Until we review the police report, it's premature to say anything. If it turns out it was something that was preventable, certainly that's different. But right now, we don't plan to make any changes in the restraints or supervision."
| November 23, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
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