Update, November 24, 11:25 a.m.: The Los Angeles Police Department's juvenile division is still investigating the death of Lucas Anthony Tang, who fell from a luxury box at the Staples Center Sunday night.
However, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has determined the Garden Grove 2-year-old's death was accidental.
An autopsy revealed no signs of foul play.
The Los Angeles Times has the scoop.
In other developments:
- The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety reported the luxury box barriers fully complied with building codes when Staples Center was built and still do today.
- A person who knows the family tells the Times that the boy's parents had kept a close eye on Lucas, who spent most of the game on his mother's lap. Lucas apparently fell as his family was looking at a digital photo that had been taken of them against the box's glass barrier moments before.
- The Los Angeles Lakers as a franchise expressed its condolences, as have individual players, including Lamar Odom, whose 6½-month old son
Jayden died in his crib in 2006. “It's really sad any time something like this happens,” the star forward told the Orange County Register. “I've sent my
Original Post, November 22, 10:39 a.m.: The 2-year-old boy who died after plunging from a luxury suite at the Staples Center Sunday night was from Garden Grove.
Lucas Anthony Tang
was crawling around a luxury suite after the Lakers game against the
Golden State Warriors Sunday night. His parents eventually noticed the boy was
missing, searched for him and discovered he had fallen
50 30 feet to the
bowl area below.
The child showed some arm and leg movement as he was being attended to by paramedics, according to witnesses. However, he succumbed to his injuries and
died about 11:40 p.m. was pronounced dead early Monday at County-USC Medical Center.
Lucas was to turn 3 in January.
The LAPD is investigating the accident, as is routine in such accidents where child abuse or neglect could have been a factor.
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