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.

Comments (19)
  1. Kate says:

    Why would someone take a 2 yr old with you to a chiro appt,where you are unable to properly supervise a 2 yr old? just saying…

    1. Mom says:

      Why would you make a comment like that? Just to get a response. So sorry for the family’s loss.

      1. Mike says:

        Why would a chiropractor allow children unsupervised in his dangerous work place? They don’t allow customers to hang out in areas where they work on cars, but it’s ok for children to bring toys into a chiropractors office? I think you are putting the cart before the horse here honey.

    2. Steve says:

      I agree. It is very sad but why do parents bring 2 year olds with them into an examing room when they can’t give that child complete supervision? I smell a lawsuit.

      1. Todd says:

        I do not think so. This was an accident plain and simple. This family knew the Chiropractor as family.The best thing this family can do is to find a way to honor this boy’s memory rather than spending years attempting to file a law suit and wasting emotional energy that could be better spent grieving. My heart goes out to the family and also to the Chiro’s office who no doubt are grieving as well.

        1. Mike says:

          Accident yes, preventable certainly! I hope this family gets a good attorney and has this “accident” played out in a court of law. Their needs to be a clear message sent to the irresponsible parties here and I don’t think the chiropractor would stand a chance defending his or her position.

          1. rephxfire says:

            Jeez, Mike, are you a lawyer? I doubt anyone considered a chiropractic office was a danger zone. This is the type of accident that has happened before in homes, daycares and businesses. Bookshelves falling over, tabel leafs dropping unexpectedly, etc. I’m sure no reasonable person would attack the mother or the chiropractor for a freak accident. A little boy playing with his toys on the floor being killed by an examining table???? I’m the first to say a lawsuit is often the only way to get businesses/peoples attention, but for this…???

  2. Tonya says:

    So sad. My heart goes out to the family. But why did this have to be listed again? Let the family move on.

  3. TrudyS says:

    The mother and Dr. should be charged for neglect. 4 unsupervised children in the room with the mother strapped like an animal to the table.

    1. ?? says:

      Strapped to the table? Where did it say that? Have you ever been to a chiropractor? Do you know how the tables work? She was there voluntarily, I doubt she was “strapped like an animal.” How do you strap an animal to a table anyway, do you do it often?

      1. Look back says:

        In previous reports they stated the mother was strapped to the table.

        1. ?? says:

          Did previous reports say “strapped to the table like an animal?”

    2. Jim Bob says:

      Would you rather she leave her kids unsupervised at home?

      1. Les Johnson says:

        Would they all still be alive today if she had, Jim Bob?

  4. See BS says:

    Let the child rest in peace.

    I cannot imagine the heartbreak among the mother, her family and the people at this chiropractors office.

    It’s hard enough reading it in the news.

  5. Mike says:

    This is way too sad sad. We knew the little boy was crushedm but we didn’t need to know such detailed information. Stop with this and let the family move on.

  6. Mel says:

    I can not imagine the pain and suffering this family, especially the mother, must be experiencing. I hope they have a good support network. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.

  7. Jerry says:

    My condolences.

  8. Deanna says:

    MIKE= we’re all responsible for our own kids. People need to take responsibility instead of trying to always blame someone else & then suing them for your own bad judgement. Too many lawsuits by losers trying to get undeserved money. Not talking about this family- I don’t know anything about the, but, this woman like the rest of us is the only one responsible for her own children

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