Schaumburg police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 6:10 PM Friday to a report of an injured infant at Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. Rough week to be manager at Woodfield Mall. On Saturday about 11:09 a.m. paramedics responded with two ambulances for three elderly people that fell down the escalator. Fortunately only minor injuries were reported.
Today about 5:00 p.m. paramedics were called to the center court “holiday decoration” area for a report of an infant that was injured while dropped by the ‘Easter Bunny’. Witnesses reported that the bunny was sitting on a bench and lowered his or her arm, which caused a 6-month-old male infant to fall. The infant’s face hit the bench, and then the infant hit the floor face-first, according to the witnesses. The fall was a distance of about three feet. the infant was crying immediately after the fall, and did not appear to lose consciousness.
The bunny was relieved, and was helped out of the area with two assistants, apparently because it is difficult for the bunny to see in the costume. A new bunny came out in the costume. No camera rules are enforced in the area, because photos are sold by the holiday operations at Woodfield.
The infant and the family spent time in the emergency room until about 9:00 p.m. and were released. Police returned about 6:10 p.m. to the scene at Woodfield when the father of the child returned to Woodfield Mall to attempt to get a report. Police helped resolved the dispute.
The witnesses thought it was obvious that the costume hindered the Easter Bunny’s ability to see and move around. The witnesses believed there should be additional precautions to maintain safety for an infant being held by the bunny. They also believed the floor should be softer in case of a fall.
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