UPDATED: Toddler Dies in Fall From STAPLES Center Luxury Suite

UPDATED: Toddler Dies in Fall From STAPLES Center Luxury Suite

Published Nov. 21, 2010 2:08 p.m. ET

By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles Times

The parents of a 2-year-old who died after plunging 50 feet from a Staples Center luxury suite had been taking photos of the boy just before he fell, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officials said the family was looking at the digital photos and lost track of the boy, who somehow went over the top of the glass partition, police said.

The boy, Lucas Anthony Tang, had been crawling around the suite during the Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors, sources said. At some point, his parents noticed he was missing and began to look for him.

They did not know then that their son, who would have turned 3 in January, had fallen. Witnesses at the game told The Times that the boy was moving his arms, legs and head before paramedics took him out on a stretcher.

A spokesman for AEG, the company that manages Staples Center, said he had no comment at this time.

The death is being investigated by the LAPD's abused-child unit, a standard practice that officials said does not necessarily mean a crime has been committed.

The Lakers released the following statement on Monday:

"The Lakers organization would like to express our shock and sadness at the death of Lucas Anthony Tang. To go from a moment of happiness and enjoyment, to the loss of this boy