AUBURN (CBS) – A 4-year-old boy who fell from the second floor of a store at the Auburn Mall on Friday night has died, according to the Worcester District Attorney’s office.

Mark DiBona, the son of Eric and Laura DiBona of Dudley, died shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday night at UMass Medical Center.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

He was taken to the hospital Friday night after he fell from the escalator on the second floor of the Sears store in the mall.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports.

State Police Detectives and Auburn Police are continuing to investigate, but said there are no signs of foul play.

Comments (39)
  1. Warren says:


    Deepest and sincerest sympathies and condolences to the family.

  2. Ellen says:

    Pray for the family. I hate escalators myself because I never thought they were safe for adults not to mention children. I feel so sorry for this young boy and his family.

  3. Renee says:

    As a mom of a 4 year old boy, My heart goes out to the family. Not that it is much consolation but I will now be extremely careful around escalators with my boys. My prayers are with the family for comfort and that they know Jesus as their Savior, as this is not the end. They will be reunited once again in Heaven. Take comfort in that.

  4. Dan says:

    So sorry for the family and my heart goes out to them…

  5. Mike says:

    This is very sad, but where were the parents?

    1. Sharon says:

      don’t even GO THERE!!!! The parents are going through hell right now and DO NOT need to be blamed for this!!!! It was an unfortunate accident!!!!

      1. Pam says:

        The problem is (as evidenced by so many of these comments) we tend to see more kids behaving poorly in public areas and doing things they are not supposed to be doing, vs. children who have parents who pay attention or teach them how to behave for their own safety. I’ve seen many young children treating the escalator at the local mall like it’s a jungle gym, when it’s been in the news so many times how dangerous they can be. Yes, it is a tragedy, but I smell a lawsuit coming on against the mall/department store for something that wasn’t the store’s fault.

      2. George Fiffy II says:

        I agree 100%. It only takes ONE SECOND for a kid to escape, and then, this happens.
        I see kids playing on escalators, I just stood there and watched one kid, until she left, ready to say/act if things got worse. I was ready to act, thankfully, didn’t need to.

    2. tcatino says:

      Um the mom was prob right beside him. who could have for seen such a horrible accident. I’m sure she has so much anger and guilt without the neg comments towards her

      1. realist says:

        who could have foreseen such a terrible accident? Any parent paying attention! Look at the 6-inch gap – you don’t just ‘fall’ through it – and espeically not if an adult is holding your hand while boarding the escalator. I don’t mean to sound callous, but I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about this child and it makes me angry as I see this stuff going on all the time where poor innocent children that need to be protected are left to themselves.

  6. Steve says:

    , could anything be more tragic. Few can imagine the grief this family is going thru. May God take care if this little boy whose life was tragicly taken and may God help this family get thru such an ordeal.

  7. Peter Nivling says:

    escalalators are dangerous. use the stairs. what a tragedy!

  8. Lucy says:

    This is horrible. Parents are supposed to keep their kids safe but I see a lot of parents that just let their kids run free and don’t pay attention to them. Tonight I saw a woman in a grocery store with two young kids who were running away. Mom was too busy talking to another adult. I don’t understand it. But this is a common occurrence where I am and it makes me sick. You don’t get a second chance.
    Accidents happen but often they can be avoided if you are doing right by your kids. Pay attention to them. Hold their hands.

  9. Sharon says:

    What is with you people????!!!! Leave these poor parents alone!!!! They are going through enough hell!!!!

  10. MBBR says:

    Sharon, the point is that there is something to be learned from the terrible tragedy of this little boy’s death, in order to prevent future tragedies like this.

    1. Sharon says:

      All I’m saying is don’t be so cruel and quick to blame the parents. They are going through enough without someone trying to blame them.

  11. Eileen Sullivan says:

    Agree. 110%. Moo-ms on cell phones are totally oblivious… especially in their moo-vans.

  12. Kris says:

    Whose to say what happened or what the mother was doing. Things happen in a split second with some children. Eileen you are disgusting. I’d love to see how you are with your kids some day. Just the fact you posted what you did shares with all your character.

    To the family of this little boy, I wish you a way to find some peace and healing after dealing with such a terrible tragedy. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many.

  13. claire says:

    Heartbreaking! My heart goes out to his family.

    I wish people would please quit the comments about this poor boys mother. Even the best behaved child with a very attentive mother can get away within seconds sometimes. It doesn’t make her a bad mom. You shouldn’t be so quick to judge. I’m sure she hates herself right now, and she will have to live with this forever.

    No mother should have to bury her own child. Period.

    1. Sharon says:

      thank you claire

  14. Miley Cyrus says:

    and you AJ should have payed more attention to English Class at school!

    1. Boston Resident says:

      and you Miley Cyrus should also have paid more attention in English Class .. It is ‘Paid’ more attention and not ‘Payed’ ;)

      1. Miley Cyrus says:

        if you had seen the original post you would have noticed that it was an intentional mistake because the original poster used the word in the same manner.

  15. ALH says:

    I am keeping my comments to myself as far as blame, but when both my children were small, 2 and 5, we visited the mall frequently. I ALWAYS, always held my kid’s hands going down that escalator, no matter where it is. It was one of my “before it happens motherly precautions. Now my kid’s are 19 and 22 and I still freak out about all the things that can happen. You only have so much control. Back then, I didn’t have a cell phone, but I did have a good eye for what I needed to do and relating to this story…I needed to hold their hands TIGHT.

    1. lulu1953 says:

      thank you, well said. people act as if they have no control over their lives. accidents are preventable. pay attention people. people just give the responsibility of others to protect and look out for them??? come on now!

  16. Logan Employee says:

    I work the airport, and I am constantly telling parents to please not let their children play on the escalators. It seems parents use them as an amusement park ride or babysitter to keep their children busy as they play on laptops or talk on phones. This is a tragedy on so many levels, but people, please don’t let your kids play on or around these things. The mechanical power they need to move is huge, and if something gets caught in them, a hand, foot, ect., it can be easily broken or even severed and sadly this child paid the ultimate price.

  17. Tom says:

    you are an insensitive horrible person for this post. no-one even knows the details, so how can you judge the incident. I can judge you as even if it were the parents fault, it is still a horrible thing to say.

  18. DStein says:

    Sharon wrote: “don’t even GO THERE!!!! The parents are going through hell right now and DO NOT need to be blamed for this!!!! It was an unfortunate accident!!!!”

    I wonder if the parents will take that position or will they instead sue Sears, the mall owner, the esclator company, etc. Wanna take bets?

    1. Pam says:

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  19. emom says:

    When my child was young , I would never let him out of my sight, NEVER. I always had my eye focused on his safety. If someone was talking to me he would still be by my side, no matter how much he squirmed around. To often we see children running around loose in store, even in a mall they run around , very scary to see. I feel bad for this family., as for blame, I agree with Dstein, only time will tell on what will happen.

    As for escalators I never took my child on them until he was much older, took elevators or regular stairs. I knew the extreme dangers with them .. Oh why do some place carriages on escalators please that is so unsafe,, especially going down them . DON’T DO IT.

  20. ALH says:

    We know the parents are going through hell. This is a comment area. A 4 year old just doesn’t fall over an escalator to the second floor without being watched. So the people who say don’t go there, poor parents….look at the situation here. Yes, I feel sorry for the parents and it is a tragedy, yet again …comments.

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