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Wrongful death lawsuit dismissed in boy's fatal fall at Staples Center

A security guard looks down from where a young boy fell to where a second security guard stands following the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in Los Angeles.
July 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A judge has dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a toddler who plunged to his death at Staples Center after a Los Angeles Lakers game in 2010.

Lucas Tang, 2, fell from a luxury suite after his mother propped him up on a beverage bar. In her deposition, the mother testified she placed him up there to take his picture.

Judge Susan Bryant-Deason ruled that Staples Center management could not have foreseen the mother putting the boy in what the judge called an "obviously dangerous situation."

Michael Roth, a spokesperson for Staples Center's owner AEG, released a statement, saying, "We remain deeply saddened by the tragic death of Lucas Tang and we continue to extend our sympathies to his family. As the court's ruling makes clear, Staples Center did not cause this accident. The court found that plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that anything Staples Center did or did not do caused Lucas' fall. The court's ruling in favor of Staples Center, which was made after careful review of all evidence, is well-reasoned and supported by all facts presented by the parties as well as applicable law."

Lawyers for Lucas' family expressed disappointment in the decision and vowed to appeal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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