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Elevator pins boy, 3
Child remains hospitalized
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Forsyth County News


A 3-year-old boy remains hospitalized after he was pinned under an elevator late last week in a west Forsyth home, authorities said.

A hospital spokeswoman said the child was in critical condition Tuesday at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, the boy was found trapped Friday afternoon between the bottom of an elevator and the main floor of the Upland Court home.

Deputy Scott Banning noted in the sheriff’s report that he was able to reach in and perform rescue breaths on the boy while the child’s mother and a neighbor tried to keep the elevator lifted.

The deputy continued his efforts until fire and emergency medical personnel arrived.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said responders acted quickly to remove the boy, who had suffered “severe, traumatic injuries.”

Firefighters pushed the elevator to the side. Banning was then able to pull the boy from underneath it and handed him to an emergency worker.

The child was first taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth before being flown to Children’s Healthcare.

The incident happened about 1 p.m. Friday.

According to the sheriff’s report, the child’s mother was upstairs when she heard the boy playing with the elevator. She said she couldn’t access the door leading to the machine.

“She stated she heard the elevator making a noise and went downstairs, saw him pinned against the floor and called 911,” Banning wrote.

Authorities do not know if the elevator malfunctioned. Shivers said there is no agency that oversees residential elevators in Georgia.

County property records show the house, which is in Westbrook subdivision off Kelly Mill Road, has five bedrooms and 6,644 square feet.