Boy Dies After Fall at Staples Center

The boy was in a luxury suite at the arena during Sunday's Lakers game

Monday, Nov 22, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM EDT
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Boy Dies After Fall at Staples Center

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A boy died after a fall from a luxury suite Sunday following  the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples  Center, a police spokesman said.

The boy fell an from a luxury suite into  the lower bowl -- a fall of as much as 50 feet. He was identified as 2-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang.

Witnesses told the LA Times the boy was moving his arms and legs when he was placed on a stretcher. He was taken to USC Medical Center, where he died, Sgt. Frank Alvelais  said. 

The case was being handled by the Police Department juvenile division, which investigates deaths of young children and other crimes involving juveniles.

"It's procedural," Officer Julie Sohn said of the probe involving Tang, declining to elaborate or discuss possible causes of the fall.

The Garden Grove boy suffered severe head trauma, Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. However, an official cause of death had not yet been determined.

Tang fell several minutes after the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors. There was no immediate word on whether the death would affect the Staples schedule, which included a Monday night game between the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets.

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