Parents sue over boy's death in rotating Atlanta restaurant

ATLANTA — The family of a five-year-old boy whose skull was crushed in the rotating wall of a hotel restaurant has sued the Atlanta hotel, accusing it of negligence in his death.

Attorney Joseph Fried filed suit Wednesday for Rebecca and Michael Holt of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose son Charlie died April 14.

Police had said the boy wandered away from his family's window table at the Sun Dial restaurant when he was struck and the rotating floor shut off automatically. The restaurant tops the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel.

The lawsuit disagrees with police statements. It says that as the family was leaving, with Charlie a few steps ahead, a booth rotating near a stationary wall blocked their path.

Marriott International, the hotel's owner, didn't immediately respond to an email requesting comment.