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3-Year-Old Killed In Freak Accident Involving Ice Cream Shop Security Door

Posted by on Jun. 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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3-Year-Old Killed In Freak Accident Involving Ice Cream Shop Security Door

by Lisa Fogarty

For children, summertime is supposed to be filled with happy moments that involve ice cream treats, sunshine, and extra play time. But a horrifying accident at an ice-cream shop in Philadelphia resulted in the death of a 3-year-old girl who will now never get to experience a lifetime of joyful summers.

Wynter Larkin and her mother Cheryl were reportedly attending a fundraising event for the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at Rita's Water Ice on Saturday afternoon. The toddler was standing outside of the shop when a metal security door broke loose and crashed down upon her, according to reports.

Witnesses say the child became trapped by the door. People were able to lift the door from her body and perform CPR, but she was too badly injured by that point. Wynter was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Residents of the neighborhood say the metal door has been faulty for quite a while and that the gate hasn't properly locked into the frame for some time. Representatives from Philadelphia's Licenses and Inspections arrived at the scene to investigate, but have confirmed that there are no open violations related to the gate.

Rita's Italian Ice, which is the shop's parent company, released a statement in which they expressed their sadness over the incident, but reminded people they can't comment because of a pending investigation.

This poor girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I can't imagine how heartbroken and sick her mother and family feel after this horrific accident. Our hearts go out to them at this awful time.

Do you ever get paranoid that your child will be involved in a freak accident?

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krazymom2boyz
by Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM
It's already happened to my youngest resulting in the loss of vision in 1 eye and needing multiple surgeries on the eye. Yes, I still worry about another one happening. Especially with my youngest.
Sportbominable
by on Jun. 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Whenever I hear about a freak accident, I always take steps to make sure it can't happen to my kids. Examples: 

I make sure I can see exactly where my kids are when I am backing out of the driveway. I made sure not to put any beds next to a window. All dressers and tvs were secured down. Never leave a ligther or matches inside a vehicle or within reach at home. 

mummyoftwins92
by Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 2:59 AM
I have always had a fear of them being impaled even myself :/

Quoting Cafe AmyS:

3-Year-Old Killed In Freak Accident Involving Ice Cream
Shop Security Door

by Lisa
Fogarty



For
children, summertime is supposed to be filled with happy moments that involve
ice cream treats, sunshine, and extra play time. But a horrifying accident at an
ice-cream shop in Philadelphia resulted in the death of a 3-year-old girl who
will now never get to experience a lifetime of joyful summers.


Wynter Larkin and her mother Cheryl were reportedly
attending a fundraising event for the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the Alpha
Kappa Alpha sorority at Rita's Water Ice on Saturday afternoon. The toddler was standing outside of the shop when a metal
security door
broke loose and crashed down upon her, according to
reports.


Witnesses say the child became trapped by the door. People were able to lift the door from her body and perform CPR, but she was too
badly injured by that point. Wynter was rushed to the hospital and was
pronounced dead a short time later.


Residents of the neighborhood say the metal door has been faulty for quite a
while and that the gate hasn't properly locked into the frame for some time.
Representatives from Philadelphia's Licenses and Inspections arrived at the
scene to investigate, but have confirmed that there are no open violations
related to the gate.


Rita's Italian Ice, which is the shop's parent company,
released a statement in which they expressed their sadness over the incident,
but reminded people they can't comment because of a pending investigation.


This poor girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I can't imagine
how heartbroken and sick her mother and family feel after this horrific
accident. Our hearts go out to them at this awful time.


Do you ever get paranoid that your child will be involved in a freak
accident?

DanaG70
by Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 3:24 AM
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I'm not a paranoid person and I refuse not to enjoy life just because of "what ifs".

I feel bad for the little girl's family though. 

thefiregoddess
by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 3:25 AM
No.

And ritas is not an ice cream shop. They sell water ice, not ice cream.
Taylor94
by Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 7:43 AM

That poor poor mother :( Another family torn apart.

LVM44
by Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

OMG how sad =(

KikiKia
by Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

This is horrific.

I am so sorry for that little girl and her family.

nana-to-9
by Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Unfortunately, you can't protect your family from every danger. How awful for that family.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 2, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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 Yeah, because that's the most important part of the story... Good lord, really?  And yeah, they explain it's water ice, but the headline says ice cream, so what?  It's most easily understood, so people don't have to think twice about a "water ice shop"

Quoting thefiregoddess: No. And ritas is not an ice cream shop. They sell water ice, not ice cream.

 

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