3-Year-Old Killed In Freak Accident Involving Ice Cream Shop Security Door

For children, summertime is supposed to be filled with happy moments that involve ice cream treats, sunshine, and extra play time. But a horrifying accident at an ice-cream shop in Philadelphia resulted in the death of a 3-year-old girl who will now never get to experience a lifetime of joyful summers.


Wynter Larkin and her mother Cheryl were reportedly attending a fundraising event for the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at Rita's Water Ice on Saturday afternoon. The toddler was standing outside of the shop when a metal security door broke loose and crashed down upon her, according to reports.

Witnesses say the child became trapped by the door. People were able to lift the door from her body and perform CPR, but she was too badly injured by that point. Wynter was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Residents of the neighborhood say the metal door has been faulty for quite a while and that the gate hasn't properly locked into the frame for some time. Representatives from Philadelphia's Licenses and Inspections arrived at the scene to investigate, but have confirmed that there are no open violations related to the gate.

Rita's Italian Ice, which is the shop's parent company, released a statement in which they expressed their sadness over the incident, but reminded people they can't comment because of a pending investigation.

This poor girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I can't imagine how heartbroken and sick her mother and family feel after this horrific accident. Our hearts go out to them at this awful time.

Do you ever get paranoid that your child will be involved in a freak accident?


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