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Woman, Toddler Die After Fall at Petco Park

Brock Fritz

Two unidentified people died at Petco Park on Saturday, falling out of the San Diego Padres’ stadium to the street below.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, a 40-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son were pronounced dead at 4:11 p.m. Saturday, minutes before the start of the Padres’ game against the Atlanta Braves. The San Diego Police Department is investigating the incident.

“Our hearts obviously go out to the family, but also to the people who here could potentially be traumatized who saw this,” San Diego Police Department homicide lieutenant Andra Brown said. “It’s a horrible, horrible thing. That’s why we’re giving it a very serious look.”

The woman and her son, who lived in San Diego, reportedly fell from the third-level concourse, about six stories above Tony Gwynn Drive. San Diego Police Department lieutenant Adam T. Sharki said they were in a concessions area of the concourse. The child’s father was also at Petco Park when the deaths occurred.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life at Petco Park last evening,” the Padres said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of those involved. We will continue to refrain from comment on the nature of the incident as it is an ongoing investigation by the San Diego Police Department.”

The Union-Tribune reported that the deaths “appeared to be suspicious,” but it was too early to know whether the fall was accidental.

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