Toddler Visiting Disneyland Fell To Her Death From A Hotel Walkway
A 3-year-old Las Vegas girl was killed during a family vacation to Disneyland when she fell from the fifth-floor walkway of an Anaheim hotel. Stephanie Martinez, 3, and her family had just visited Disneyland and were staying in a room on the fifth floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel at 3100 East Frontera Street in Anaheim, KTLA reports. The hotel has an open layout, where a walkway outside of the rooms looks down on a courtyard below. The walkway is surrounded by an iron railing about three-and-a-half feet high. When Stephanie's mother finished a shower at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, she exited the hotel room and found Stephanie at the very edge of the balcony.
"Her mom came out to check up on her," the girl's cousin, Eddie Fraire told Fox 5 Vegas. "She saw her hanging off the rails. She screamed, so the little girl got scared and fell down from the fifth floor."
Fraire and Stephanie's father were in the courtyard at the time and saw Stephanie fall. They tried to catch her, but couldn't. The girl was transported to UCI Medical Center and was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m.
Lt. Eric Trapp of the Anaheim Police Department said her death seemed to be "a tragic accident." Police believe Stephanie may have climbed over the railing or squeezed through the bars, according to the OC Register.
A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for Stephanie's funeral. At this time, over $10,000 has been raised for the family.