A witness to the tragic fall that left a mother and toddler dead at Petco Park in San Diego over the weekend said the mother appeared to lose her balance after jumping onto a bench near a level railing higher, according to a report.
The woman, 40, and her child, 2, fell from the third level of the stadium on Saturday before the game between the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves. They were pronounced dead shortly after 4 p.m. local time, police said.
Their identities were not immediately disclosed and San Diego Police said an investigation was underway into their deaths, noting that she “appeared to be suspicious.”
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On Monday, the witness – identified as the mother of UT Community Press reporter Karen Billing – said the two victims and a man were seated at the table next to her in the third hall of the stadium, according to FOX 5 from San Diego.
At one point, she said the man was standing next to the woman who “started to jump on the table bench closest to the railing, holding the baby in her arms.”
“She looked happy – laughing,” said the witness. “She lost her balance and fell off the bench. I remarked to my son, ‘Oh my God, she almost fell.'”
About 30 seconds or a minute later, the eyewitness said the woman faced the man as she jumped back onto the bench with the child.
“I remember saying, ‘I can’t believe she’s doing it again,'” she said, “and then she left.”
The witness noted that the mother again lost her balance and “it was almost as if she had rolled over the railing.” She said there was no screaming, only a strange silence – followed by the sound of the couple hitting the ground below.
“My son said we had to get out of there, so we left the area and went to sit,” the witness added. “When my daughter saw that the police had gathered in the neighborhood, I returned to give them my statement.”
Police were hopeful that witnesses to the incident would come forward. The Padres said they are not commenting more than offering their thoughts and prayers, citing an ongoing investigation.
Authorities said they were also talking to the child’s father. He was not married to the deceased mother, according to reports.
A WOMAN AND A CHILD FALL TO THEIR DEATH IN PETCO PARK BEFORE THE PADRES GAME: “IT’S A HORRIBLE AND HORRIBLE THING”
“Our thoughts are obviously with the family, but also with the people here who could potentially be traumatized who saw this,” Lt. Andra Brown said on Saturday, according to the statement. San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s a horrible, horrible thing. That’s why we’re giving it a very serious look.”
On Monday, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said there were many unusual circumstances surrounding the incident, which he called “horribly tragic.”
“There were several witnesses – unfortunately no cameras – but several witnesses who were there and who were clearly traumatized,” Gloria told FOX 5. “This is obviously in addition to the trauma of the loss of the mother and her. kid. These are very tragic things. That’s not why people go to Petco Park. They go there to have a fun day, to enjoy seeing our amazing Padres. “
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“That’s not what people went through on Saturday,” Gloria added. “It’s very tragic.”
Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this report