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Boy, 5, Crushed To Death At Rotating Restaurant (Photo)

| by Denise Recalde

The family of a 5-year-old boy who was crushed to death at a popular rotating restaurant in Atlanta have released a picture of their son. 

Charlie Holt did not survive a severe injury to the head on April 14 when he got stuck between a rotating table and the wall at the Sun Dial restaurant on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

According to the Daily Mail, the boy and his family, all of whom are from Charlotte, North Carolina, had lunch at the popular restaurant, which boasts a splendid view of the area from the top floor. 

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The Sun Dial restaurant rotates slowly and offers its diners a 360 degree view of Atlanta's skyline and surrounding countryside. However, at some point, it appears the young boy got stuck between a fixed wall and a moving table and met his end. 

A spokesperson for the grieving family stated: "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."

The family members were the last diners remaining in the restaurant when the boy set off to explore the establishment and look at the 360 degree view, WSB-TV reported. 

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The hotel staff rushed to rescue the boy once they realized he had gotten stuck in the narrow five inches of space between the table and wall. 

"His whole body was caught in between maybe 4 or 5 inches of space and his head took the brunt of the injury," said police said, WXIA reported. "It crushed his little small body."

"The amount of people who were helping was amazing," said a hotel spokesperson. "They were moving furniture, they were pulling chairs -- chairs that were bolted to the floor -- they were pulling them up to try to get the child out."

But they were too late, despite being finally able to free him. 

He was taken to Grady Hospital following the incident at around 3:30 p.m., where he was eventually pronounced dead. 

"There was a tragic accident at the hotel involving a young boy," Westin Peachtree Plaza Manager George Reed said. 

"Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The Sun Dial has remained closed since the tragic accident while an investigation is being undertaken by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

The boy's death took place just a year after a kitchen worker at the same hotel perished after she accidentally locked herself in a freezer overnight.

The 61-year-old woman, Carolyn Robinson, had been with the hotel for more than 35 years. 

Some weeks afterward, 10-year-old Stephen Akinlabi drowned in the hotel's pool while attending a birthday party. 

Sources: WSB-TV, Daily Mail, WXIA / Photo credit: atlexplorer/Flickr, The Holt Family via Daily Mail 

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