PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - What was supposed to be a fun family vacation turned into a tragedy when Hunter Wilcox fell from a high-rise Saturday.
Three-year-old Hunter Wilcox "must have slid out the door and I think he just wanted to see the ocean. He climbed up on the railing and he fell," said Debra Wilcox. Now an investigation is still ongoing after the toddler fell from a high-rise railing Saturday evening. (WJHG/WECP)
"He was very rambunctious and he loves Spiderman. He used to dress in the little costumes all the time," said Debra Wilcox, Hunter's grandmother.
She said her family came to the Marisol Condominium in Panama City Beach to enjoy a family vacation, but within minutes of arriving the vacation took a turn for the worse.
Wilcox said, "We sat the kids down to eat some M&M's and [watch] cartoons so we could put stuff away and we wasn't here twenty minutes and he must have slid out the door and I think he just wanted to see the ocean. He climbed up on the railing and he fell."
Wilcox says that's how her three-year-old grandson fell to his death from the ninth floor.
She hopes Hunter's death is not in vain and others can learn from her family's tragedy. "Make sure if you go and rent a place there's child-proof locks on the doors and if you have little kids don't go nine floors up," said Wilcox.
The Marisol Owners Association issued a statement saying, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that took place at the Marisol Condominiums this past weekend. The loss of a child is heartbreaking and this tragedy has devastated us all. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts remain with them. Out of respect for the family and their privacy, we will refrain from further comment on this matter."
We also reached out to the Panama City Beach Police Department. They tell us the investigation is ongoing and as per protocol they will not release the incident report until the case is closed, but no one has been arrested.
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