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Mom and 2-year-old son fall to their deaths at Petco Park prior to San Diego Padres game

A mother and her 2-year-old son fell to their deaths at Petco Park before the San Diego Padres’ home game against the Atlanta Braves. The San Diego police department said that shortly before 4 p.m. PT Saturday, police said they were notified that two people had fallen from the third-level concourse level, equivalent of six stories high, to the sidewalk. Two officers found the bodies of the woman, 40, and her son. The woman and boy were declared dead at the scene at 4:11 p.m. They were not identified but lived in San Diego.

Police Lt. Adam T. Sharki said that the mother and son had been at a dining/concession area on the concourse level while the child’s father was at the ballpark. A man told the San Diego Union-Tribune that his wife witnessed the fall, saying it appeared a toddler fell from an area with picnic tables, and the woman also fell trying to grab him.

The team said in a written statement Sunday:  “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life at Petco Park last evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of those involved. We will continue to refrain from comment on the nature of the incident as it is an ongoing investigation by the San Diego Police Department.”

Police said the deaths “appeared to be suspicious” and that the San Diego Police Homicide Unit were called to the scene “out of an abundance of caution.”  Investigators are looking for evidence and possible witnesses, and they are hoping to speak with people who were present when the fall happened, according to the statement.

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