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A toddler reportedly died Aug. 27 after a display structure fell on her and led to a serious head injury while she was inside of the Akira store at Orland Square.
Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy identified the girl as Alexa Martinez, a 2-year-old from Harvey, during a press conference held Aug. 28 at the station.
Police received a call at 1:52 p.m. about a female toddler who was injured at Orland Square, according to a press release issued the same night by the Orland Park Police Department.
A display unit fell on top of the girl, causing a serious head injury, according to Ray Hanania, the spokesperson for Orland Fire Protection District.
McCarthy said the child, one of five related children accompanied by a grandmother and an aunt inside of the store, was thought to be climbing up shelves in the store at the time of the incident. McCarthy said that according to surveillance footage and a witness account from inside of the store, the children were playing in Akira when “it appears that two temporary steel walls, approximately 8 feet high and 3 feet wide, somehow fell over upon the victim,” causing “significant head injuries.” She reportedly died after being transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The temporary wall dividers weigh 75-100 pounds each, and were stacked next to each other, McCarthy said. He also noted police need better, enhanced footage to determine how the walls fell.
Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor. For more, visit OPPrairie.com.
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