I just learned of a tragedy that took place at the Staples Center last night when two-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang fell to his death from a luxury suite where his family was watching the Lakers game.
Tang, his parents, and older sister watched the Lakers play the Golden State Warriors, and moments after the game came a fatal accident that no doubt will change their lives forever. It has also brought up questions of child negligence.
According to the LA Times, who sourced the Los Angeles Police Department, the boy was crawling around in the box during the game. Moments after it ended, around 9:00 p.m., his parents were taking pictures of him. Then, they allegedly started looking at the photos on their digital camera (taking their eyes off their son). He made his way to the glass partition of the box and fell 50 feet.
The parents didn’t see it happen, and later started searching for him. Witnesses told the LA Times the boy was moving when he was put on a stretcher, but after being taken to the ER at USC, he died of head injuries, according to a spokeswoman for the LAPD.
It’s heartbreaking. And there is no possible way to know the nightmare this family is living right now. According to the LA Times, the LAPD’s child abuse unit is investigating, which is a standard procedure in cases like this — it doesn’t necessarily mean the family will face any legal repercussions.
If the accounts are accurate, the parents clearly lost sight of him because they were looking at his pictures, which sends my heart right into my throat.
There have been times when I’m taking a picture of my son and realize I’m not fully doing my job as a parent to watch and keep him safe (we love our cameras, but no doubt they split our focus). The situation has never been so precarious as in this case, but it reminds you that accidents do happen, and fast.
From the details we know, do you think this is negligence, or just tragic accident that we just take as a cautionary tale?
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