A California mother claims her 8-year-old son was hugged so aggressively by a Disneyland staff member dressed as Pluto the dog that the boy had to be taken to a hospital.
Laurie Ramirez of Rancho Cucamonga, California, who caught the May 7 incident on cellphone video (below), told KTLA her son was “tossed around like a rag doll” and was transported to a local hospital, where he “spent all afternoon in the emergency room” with back and neck injuries.
Footage of the incident appears to show the boy going up to Pluto and being manhandled by the oversized Disney character at Disneyland in California. After that, it appears Ethan had been hurt.
The family was told to go to the first aid station, but when Ethan complained he couldn’t walk because of pain, a nurse came over to examine him and told Ramirez the boy was OK, reports TMZ.
Ramirez said park employees refused her request for a wheelchair so Ethan didn’t have to walk to the car and told her she could use a stroller instead. She then demanded medical attention and paramedics took her son to a hospital, where doctors diagnosed the boy with severe muscle strain.
A Disney spokeswoman told KTLA that it could not confirm whether a park employee had been disciplined or that the company had offered to pay the family’s medical expenses.
“We are in contact with the family and are in the process of gathering the facts,” the company stated in an email to the news station.
A Disneyland Resort rep told TMZ that refusal to give Ethan a wheelchair was unlikely to happen.
Watch the video of the incident below:
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