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Hospital worker remains in custody for manslaughter in patient elevator death

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A man has been arrested for manslaughter after a six-year-old girl was crushed to death in a hospital elevator. On Tuesday, the State Attorney General released a statement regarding the arrest.

The state agency (FGE) reported that Víctor “F” was arrested for manslaughter in the death of the girl which occurred on the night of July 10.

The FGE said that according to their initial investigation, the now-detainee was transferring the girl to the second floor of the hospital. As she entered the elevator, it began to go up when the stretcher was not yet fully inside.

“The parents of the girl filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office against whoever is responsible,” they reported. In the meantime, Víctor “F” will remain in custody.

The little girl, Aitana “N”, was brought to the IMSS hospital by her parents on July 9. She was admitted with symtoms of dengue. On the night of July 10, she was being transferred to another floor when the accidnet happened.

Enrique Ureña Bogarín from the IMSS provided a brief statement regarding the accident. He said that on July 10, the hospital reported the failure of the elevator at 1:30 p.m. The outside company responsible for elevator maintenance arrived at 5:30 p.m.

According to IMSS hospital security cameras, a maintenance crew attended to the elevator but did not leave signage to prevent its use, nor, according to Ureña Bogarín, did the company notify hospital staff not to use the elevator.

Heavy machinery was needed to remove part of the wall surrounding the elevator so authorities could retrieve the body of the little girl.