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Police: 5-year-old Charlotte boy dies in accident at Atlanta hotel

A 5-year-old Charlotte boy died from a head injury on Friday after he was caught in the rotator wall at the Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, multiple media outlets reported.

The child and his family were having lunch at the restaurant after traveling from Charlotte, Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL reported. They were not staying at the hotel, police told the station.

After wandering from the window table where he was seated with his parents, the boy got caught between the wall and a table, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown told the (Atlanta) Journal-Constitution.

Hotel security and staff rushed to help as the automatic shut off stopped the floor from rotating, Brown told the newspaper. But the boy’s injuries were too severe and he died at Grady Memorial Hospital, she said.

The boy died at 4:20 p.m., according to ABC-affiliate WSB-TV, about an hour after the incident.

The Sun Dial opened in 1976 and features a revolving restaurant, rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory with a 360-degree view of Atlanta’s skyline from 723 feet, according to the restaurant’s website

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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