SHOREVIEW, Minn. (WCCO) – The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office revealed more details Tuesday on the toddler who died at a Shoreview chiropractic office earlier this month.
Authorities originally said 18-month-old Benjamin Newton died as a result of an equipment malfunction that caused him serious head injuries. He was with his mother, who was being treated at First Chiropractic.
The sheriff’s office said Tuesday it determined that Newton’s head was caught between two frames of the table when it came down on him. When an employee tried to raise the table with a foot pedal, it didn’t work. On the third attempt to raise the table with foot controls, Dr. Lowell Magelssen was able to raise the table and remove the toddler.
Magelssen told investigators he believes the table may not have raised initially because the table somehow became unplugged.
Children’s toys were also observed underneath the table. Magelssen said there have been no previous issues with the table malfunctioning and it had received proper maintenance.
Newton’s death has been ruled accidental and the sheriff’s office has closed the case.