Child Falls From Escalator At Auburn Mall

AUBURN (CBS) – A 4-year-old boy from Dudley has died after falling from an escalator inside the Sears at the Auburn Mall.

Auburn Police Det. Sgt. Jeff Laurie tells WBZ-TV that the boy was on the second floor around 6:30 p.m. Friday night, when he grabbed the moving rail of the escalator with both hands.

The force threw him over the rail and down a 6-inch gap between the escalator and a plastic barrier. The child fell two stories and landed on a store display case.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

He suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Police said the boy’s mother was with him when the accident happened.

The store was closed while investigators looked into the accident. It later reopened.

The state Department of Public Safety’s Board of Elevator Regulations is in charge of elevator inspections and is part of the investigation.

  • anonymous

    unfortunately the boy did not make it. Due to major head trauma.

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  • dana

    i hope ok

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  • George Fiffy II

    I’m the guy that recorded the Escalator Video at Auburn Mall. Reason I bring that up is, someone saw this story, and told me about it.
    What a shame, and after watching the clip on the news footage, there is a HUGE gap between the escalator’s glass wall, and the glass railings. The store, SIMON, whoever, shoud expxy a piece of glass between that of the railing, and escalator, so something like this should not happen again.
    What a horrible tragedy. It was probably one of those look-away-for-one-second scenarios, which is so hard to keep an eye on small ones 100% of the times.
    Usually, I’d blame parents for neglect, or failure to control their kids, but this seems to be nothing more than a terrible accident.

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  • Mary Kathy Atkinson

    I am sorry that the child fell. I am praying for the family. Children run so fast in malls and in other public places. It is so important to hold thier hands and to be more watchful.

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