American News Sep 26, 2021 8:07 PM EST

Mother, toddler dead after 'suspicious' fall at Petco Park before Padres game

Police said the pair's deaths "appeared to be suspicious," but have not yet declared the falls accidental or intentional.

Mother, toddler dead after 'suspicious' fall at Petco Park before Padres game
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A woman and her child fell to their deaths from the third tier of Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday afternoon before the start of a Padres baseball game. Police are now investigating the tragic incident.

Multiple witnesses say that first the two-year-old child then the mother fell off of the edge of the third-seating tier at the stadium. It appears that the mother may have tried to grab her child, which is what caused her to also fall.

They had been seated in a "picnic area" near the edge of the tier, and fell onto a city street below, falling a distance of approximately 60 feet before impact.

According to TMZ Sports, "their fall amounted to about 6 stories in height, and they landed on Tony Gwynn Drive. Cops immediately showed up and launched an investigation -- so far, they don't know if it was accidental or intentional, but they are saying the deaths appeared to be suspicious."

The game's start time wasn't delayed and the Padres players still took the field promptly at 4:15 pm PT, right on schedule.

Homicide detectives are working the case. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to call the San Diego police at 619-531-2293 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

The mid-July game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres was brought to a screeching halt in the middle of the sixth inning, when fans at Nationals Park heard gunshots ring out. The Metropolitan Police Department has stated that the shooting occurred outside of the stadium, located in Washington, and left three victims injured at the time, including a woman who was attending the game who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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