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Deaths of Woman, Toddler At Petco Park 'Suspicious,' Police Say

Petco Park in Downtown San Diego, Calif. Feb. 18, 2021.
Matt Hoffman
Petco Park in Downtown San Diego, Calif. Feb. 18, 2021.

Authorities Sunday were investigating the deaths of a 40-year-old San Diego woman and her 2-year-old son, who fell from Petco Park's third floor onto the sidewalk below in an incident police described as "suspicious."

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of life at Petco Park last evening," the Padres said in a statement Sunday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of those involved. We will continue to refrain from comment on the nature of the incident as it is an ongoing investigation by the San Diego Police Department."

Shane Harris, president of People's Association of Justice Advocates and a San Diego civic leader, said he plans to stop by Tony Gwynn Way and L Street at 6:30 p.m. Sunday to pay his respects to the mother and child, and to light a candles and lay flowers near the spot where the two died. and to pray for her family.


"This is deeply saddening, troubling and painful not just for the family but San Diegans as a whole," Harris said. "We are all praying for the family of this mother and her child especially at such a difficult time."

Police learned at 3:51 p.m. Saturday that the woman and her son fell from the stadium concourse level to the sidewalk below, at 200 Tony Gwynn Way, according to Lt. Andra Brown.

"They were at a dining/concession area on the concourse level prior to the fall," Brown said. "The officers began CPR on the pair, but due to their traumatic injuries, both were pronounced deceased at the scene."

The deaths appeared to be suspicious, she said. "Out of an abundance of caution, the San Diego Police Homicide Unit was called to scene."

A witness told CBS8 News that the woman jumped. The TV station also said the woman's husband was questioned.


The deaths occurred just before the Padres-Braves game started at 4:15 p.m.

Anyone with information about the deaths was asked to call homicide detectives at (619) 531-2293.