Girl seriously injured after fall at Loop department store

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A 10-year-old girl was listed in serious-to-critical condition after falling over the railing near an escalator at a Loop department store Friday afternoon and landing at least two floors down, according to a police report.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department paramedics were called to the Sears department store located at 2 N. State St. after receiving a call of an injured person, according to the report.

When they arrived, police found a 10-year-old girl lying on the floor who was breathing but unable to respond to questions, the report said.

searsOfficers spoke with the girl’s grandmother, who said she was with her granddaughter on the second floor of Sears when she heard the girl call out to her, the report said.

The grandmother turned when she heard the child and saw her granddaughter fall over the railing near the escalator.

The grandmother said she wasn’t sure what happened to cause her granddaughter to call out to her, the report said.

The girl was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital where she was listed in serious-to-critical condition.

As of 12:15 p.m., the girl’s father, who arrived at the hospital Friday afternoon, was unable to be reached by phone.

Howard Riefs, a spokesman from Sears, said Saturday afternoon that customer safety is a top priority at the company.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the youmg girl and her family, and we are fully cooperating with the authorities in investigating the matter,” said Riefs in a statement.

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