5-year-old boy dies after being caught in rotating wall at Sun Dial restaurant

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5-year-old boy dies after being caught in rotating wall at Sun Dial restaurant

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The iconic Sun Dial restaurant is located atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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  • A boy got stuck in a rotating wall Friday at the iconic Sun Dial restaurant.
  • The 5-year-old was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m.
  • The Sun Dial will be closed until further notice.

A 5-year-old boy died from a head injury after he was caught in the rotating wall at the Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza on Friday, officials said.

Charlie Holt (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

After wandering away from the window table where he was seated with his parents, a boy who was later identified as Charlie Holt got caught between the wall and a table, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown said.

The Holt family was visiting from Charlotte, N.C., Brown said.

Hotel security and staff rushed to help as the automatic shut off stopped the floor from rotating, but the boy’s injuries were too severe and he died at Grady Memorial Hospital, Brown said.

He was pronounced dead about an hour after getting caught, around 4:20 p.m., Channel 2 Action News reported. 

"There was a tragic accident at the hotel involving a young boy,” Westin Peachtree Plaza Manager George Reed said in a statement. “Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”


The Sun Dial will be closed until further notice, spokeswoman Peyton Smith said.

The Westin, located at 210 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, is the same hotel where a kitchen worker died after getting locked in a freezer last year. Carolyn Robinson, 61, who worked for the Westin company for more than 35 years, got locked in a walk-in freezer just after 8 p.m. March 22.

Also, 10-year-old Stephen Akinlabi died almost exactly a year ago when he fell into a pool at the Westin hotel


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