The five-year-old North Carolina boy, who died in a tragic mishap at the Sun Dial rotating restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia last week, has been identified as Charlie Holt.
He succumbed to severe head injuries after being stuck in the rotating shaft of the restaurant, located at the top floor of the 72-storied Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel on Friday (14 April).
The next afternoon, the boy's family released an emailed statement, saying: "The family asks for prayers and privacy right now to come to terms with this tragedy. No words can express their loss. If you have a loved one, please give them an extra hug today."
Police earlier said that the family was visiting the restaurant in Downtown Atlanta from the Charlotte area in North Carolina. The young Holt had wandered away from the table while the family was enjoying their lunch and accidentally got stuck between the rotating floor and wall of the structure. Firefighters spent around 30 minutes to free him from a 4-inch gap where he was stuck. Other diners at the restaurant and its employees also rushed to dislodge the boy.
Holt was rushed to the nearby Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
A police spokesperson had told the newspaper that the restaurant will remain shut until further notice from authorities.
Holt's death was reportedly not the first tragic incident that happened at the restaurant popular for its spectacular 360 degree view of the city. Almost a year ago, a kitchen employee of the hotel died after accidentally getting locked in a freezer overnight. Carolyn Robinson, 61, had worked with at the Westin hotel for more than 35 years, the Daily Mail wrote.
In less than a month after Robinson's death, ten-year-old Stephen Akinlabi died at the hotel's pool while attending a birthday party.