Toddler critically hurt, possibly shocked at carnival

Posted at 6:20 AM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 06:20:27-04

WICHITA, KS (KWCH-DT/CNN) - A 15-month-old girl continues to fight for her life after she was hurt at a carnival in kansas Friday.

The 15-month-old's grandparents say she was playing near a bounce house when she touched a fence, going limp and losing consciousness.

Carnival officials tell me the bounce house was closed Saturday, but kids were still seen inside it during that time.

Sunday, the bounce house wasn't up or operating.

State Representative John Whitmer said about the incident: "We don't know the circumstances, but if it could have been prevented through inspection or through a better maintenance, I feel bad that we didn't get something passed like this before."

Under a new law slated to go into effect July 1, the situation would have been handled differently, Whitmer said.

"Make sure the rides aren't used. Make sure those cords, those cables aren't moved; make sure the fencing isn't moved. But that's the new law. Under existing code that wasn't the case, so they're certainly not in violation using the ride again," he said. 

The incident is a reminder how important this new legislation is for the state, Whitmer said.

The girl's family does not want to identify her at this time.

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