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Violations found with elevator where child died

STURGIS, Ky. (AP) - A spokesman for the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet says major violations have been found with an elevator at a western Kentucky church where a boy died.

Dick Brown says the state gave its report to state police Friday.

Eight-year-old Zachary Waddell was found dead June 13 with his head pinned in an elevator at First Christian Church in Sturgis. Union County Coroner Stephen Shouse has said the boy couldn't breathe after the elevator came down on him.

Brown declined to release the state report, citing a police investigation.

Brown told the Evansville Courier & Press (Ind.) that annual inspections could have caught the violations, but the elevator was not registered with the state and hadn't been inspected since the early 1960s when it was installed.

State police Lt. Pat Isbill declined on Friday to release the report.
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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press,
http://www.courierpress.com

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