Toddler, 2, dies after part of a 200lb temporary store display, which she had climbed on, fell on top of her in a Chicago suburb
- Alexa Martinez, from Harvey, Illinois died Tuesday after the tragic accident
- Alexa & # 39; s grandmother and aunt brought her and four related children to the store in an Akira clothing store in the Orland Square shopping center in Illinois
- Researchers said the kids were playing in the shoe section when Alexa started climbing on a display made of two steel barriers that each weighed 75 to 100 pounds
- It fell on her and hit her head, and she was taken to the hospital where she later died
- Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy said lack of supervision played a role
Alexandra & # 39; Alexa & # 39; Martinez, 2, from Harvey, Illinois, was fatally injured yesterday in a local mall
A family in Illinois mourns the loss of their two-year-old girl who was fatally wounded yesterday by a tragic accident at a local mall.
Authorities say that Alexandra & # 39; Alexa & # 39; Martinez, 2, from Harvey, Illinois, Tuesday with four other related children was playing in the shoe section of an Akira clothing store in the Orland Square Mall in the suburb of Orland Park, Illinois, in the suburb of Chicago. the company with her grandmother and aunt.
Video of the scene, obtained by police investigators, showed that at some point Alexa started to climb a part of a temporary shop display that was made with two steel walls, each weighing between 75 and 100 pounds, on the child fell and hit her head, according to Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.
The police chief fought tears and choked with emotion as he discussed the incident at a press conference on Wednesday to update the media about the devastating accident that he thought could have been prevented.
& # 39; Like many of you, I am a parent and grandparent and in 47 years of law enforcement there is nothing much more tragic than the death of a child, & # 39; McCarthy said, adding that adult supervision was a likely factor in Alexa 's death, according to WGN.
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The tragic accident occurred in an Akira clothing store (photo) in the Orland Square Mall on the outskirts of Orland Park, Illinois, near Chicago
Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy became emotional while talking about the accident on Wednesday
& # 39; Watch your children. Watch your grandchildren, & the chef added.
Alexa was helped on the spot by an off-duty doctor and nurse, who were shopping at the mall before being taken to Advocate Christ Hospital with multiple head wounds. She was later declared dead.
Co-owner of Chicago-based clothing store Akira, Eric Hsueh, said his business was destroyed by this tragic event. and that his & # 39; staff are busy gathering all information & # 39 ;.
The shoe department of the store remained closed on Wednesday for further inspection. The mall also offered the Alexa family the & # 39; deepest sympathies & # 39 ;, the news station reported.
Police await the results of a medical investigator's report to determine Alexa & # 39; s precise cause of death, according to CNN.
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