A four-year-old Dudley boy died yesterday from injuries he suffered after he fell from an escalator in an Auburn mall, authorities said.
The boy, identified as Mark DiBona, died shortly before 10 p.m. last night at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Memorial Campus in Worcester, Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. said in a statement.
At about 6:35 p.m. on Friday, the boy fell from the second floor escalator in the Sears department store to the floor below, Connolly said.
At the time of the accident, the boy was shopping with family members and a friend. Connolly said Mark was the son of Eric and Laura DiBona of Dudley.
Connolly said the state medical examiner has not determined the exact cause of death, and declined to discuss the details of the accident citing an ongoing investigation.
Mark's parents could not be reached for comment.
Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, which regulates escalators, said state officials examined the escalator on Saturday, and found it in good working order.
"We did an inspection and we found no mechanical malfunction," Harris said. "We left it closed pending further review by the local building inspector."
A Sears spokeswoman, Kim Freely, said the Auburn store was closed yesterday while authorities were investigating.
"Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with his family," she said. "Customer safety is a top priority at our company and we'll continue to cooperate with the investigation."
Freely said Sears was providing assistance for employees who may have been traumatized by the accident.
Connolly said State Police detectives and Auburn police will continue to investigate the case, but have no reason to believe it was foul play.
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