MANATEE -- A 12-year-old boy died in a tragic accident Saturday morning after crawling into the elevator shaft in his home to look for his pet. He was crushed by the elevator, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
At 11:24 a.m. Saturday, deputies were called to the home in the 1110 block of Palma Sola Boulevard in Bradenton to a report of a child having suffered fatal injuries as a result of an elevator accident, according to a news release.
The boy had already been pronounced dead by paramedics and fire-rescue personnel.
The child's father, Patrick J. Grablin, was home at the time of the accident.
The boy was killed when the elevator lowered as he was searching in the elevator shaft for his pet hamster.
-- Herald staff report