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.
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
"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.
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.