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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Parents Whose Toddler Fell to His Death at Staples Center

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The long and winding legal road seems to be over for now for the parents of a toddler who fell to his death at Staples Center following a Lakers game.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has dismissed the wrongful death suit filed by Hoia Mi Nguyen and Henry Tang against the Staples Center, on the grounds that it was not up to the arena's management to supervise 34-month-old Lucas, according to City News Service.

In her ruling, Judge Susan Bryant-Deason noted:

"The court finds that it was not foreseeable that Mr. Tang and Ms. Nguyen would place Lucas in an openly and obviously dangerous situation by putting him on top of the beverage bar where it was easily foreseeable the he could climb over the tempered glass and fall.''
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In April, Bryant-Deason also dismissed the portion of the lawsuit naming the Staples Center architects as liable.

According to initial reports from the accident scene, following the game on November 21, 2010, Lucas Tang's parents were reviewing pictures on their digital camera when they lost track of the boy, who somehow crawled over the glass partition and fell 50 feet to his death.

During a pre-trial deposition, Nguyen was asked why she set her son on the ledge, which is also called the beverage bar. She replied: "So I can take a picture and capture the moment for his first Lakers game.''