Boy, 5, Crushed to Death at Sun Dial Rotating Restaurant in Atlanta

Boy, 5, Crushed to Death at Sun Dial Rotating Restaurant in Atlanta

The child suffered critical injuries, however, and later died at the hospital, police said.

Security and staff rushed to help, as the system automatically stopped the rotating floor. He had walked away from the table where he was sitting, and somehow got caught between a wall and table, says Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown.

The boy, whose head was caught within about 13cm of space, according to police, was identified as Charles Holt of Charlotte, North Carolina, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said on Saturday. "I simply think he lost sight of his parents and panicked, and found himself in that situation".

The report quoted George Reed, hotel manager for the Westin Peachtree Plaza, as saying that the restaurant is working with authorities and will assist in the investigation.

The restaurant will be closed for the Easter weekend because of the boy's death, CNN affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported. He added that their thoughts and prayers were with the victim's family. "She worked in the culinary department of the hotel, so it would appear that she had a reason to be inside the freezer". Words can not express the depths of our sorrow.

The Sun Dial opened in 1976 and features a revolving restaurant, rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory with a 360-degree view of Atlanta's skyline from 723 feet, according to the restaurant's website.

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