3-year-old girl dies in hotel fall on Disneyland vacation

The “magic years” of three and four year olds begin a time when your child’s world is dominated by fantasy and vivid imagination. One can imagine the glowing sparkle in the eyes of a three year old little girl visiting “the happiest place on earth”, Disneyland. This family vacation quickly went horribly wrong ending in the tragic loss of their toddler and instantly changing their lives forever. New York Daily News, Melissa Chan, describes the event.

 

Stepahnie Martinez, 3, (l.) died after falling off a hotel balcony in anaheim, Calif., while on vacation with her family in Disneyland, authorities said.

A Las Vegas family’s trip to Disneyland turned tragic after a 3-year-old girl plunged to her death from the fifth floor of a hotel, authorities said.

Stephanie Martinez died Saturday after falling off the balcony of an Embassy Suites hotel in Anaheim, Calif., about six miles from the Disneyland Resort, police and the Orange County Coroner’s office said.

The happy little girl is seen smiling — wearing glittery red Mickey Mouse ears as she poses next to a Disney princess — in photos loved ones posted on a GoFundMe page started to help pay for her funeral.

“We lost our little angel,” says the page, which has collected nearly $7,000 in less than a day.

Stephanie’s devastated family told KVVU-TV they saw the tiny toddler dangling off the edge of the balcony at the last second, but could not prevent the fatal fall or catch her in time.

“Her mom came out to check up on her,” the girl’s cousin, Eddie Fraire, said. “She saw her hanging off the rails. She screamed, so the little girl got scared and fell down from the fifth floor.”

The beloved child loved putting on costumes and playing, he said.

She and her family were in Anaheim, visiting relatives and enjoying Disneyland, according to police.

“[She was usually] running around, dressing up, you know, simple things that a little girl would want to do,” Fraire told the news station. “Unfortunately, she left us at an early age.”

A Las Vegas family’s trip to Disneyland turned tragic after a 3-year-old girl plunged to her death from the fifth floor of a hotel, authorities said.

Stephanie suffered a “traumatic injury” from plummeting to the hotel’s courtyard walkway and died shortly before 7 p.m. at UCI Medical Center, officials said.

“At this time the incident has been determined to be a tragic accident,” Anaheim Police Department spokesman Lt. Eric Trapp said.

 

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