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According to police, the toddler was killed by a fall of the store in a mall in Illinois



Police said Alexa Martinez was in an Akira store with her grandmother, aunt, and four other children. Witnesses said the child climbed onto a makeshift wall in the shoe department when it fell on them.

"It looks like two temporary steel walls, about 2 meters high and 2 meters wide, have fallen over," said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy, CNN affiliate WGN-TV. The walls weighed between 75 and 100 pounds, McCarthy said.

A doctor and nurse hurried to help the child and perform CPR. The toddler had already begun to breathe and regained a pulse when the first responders arrived. However, she died of injuries after being transported to Oak Lawn Advocate Christian Medical Center, police said. "People pulled the child's partitions off and a doctor and nurse came right after," McCarthy said in a press conference. "Everything that could be done was done under the circumstances."

Several people called 91

1 to report the accident.

"We receive numerous calls for a large metal object falling on a baby in Akira in the mall," a dispatcher said in a phone call.

Eric Hsueh, one of Akira's three co-owners, told CNN subsidiary WLS-TV that the company "is devastated by this tragic event and we are working to gather all the details."

The store's clothing department is open, but the shoe department is closed until a construction inspection can be completed, the police said.

The investigation continues and the police are awaiting the medical examination report for a definitive cause of death.


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