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Child dies after falling from counter at Henderson Captain D's

EXCLUSIVE: Investigator wants case of child death at restaurant reexamined

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Mason Ray Brown died after falling off of a counter at a Captain D's Mason Ray Brown died after falling off of a counter at a Captain D's
Mason Ray Brown. Mason Ray Brown.
Mason Ray Brown. Mason Ray Brown.
Mason Ray Brown. Mason Ray Brown.

Police and family members have confirmed that a 13-month-old child died on Friday after falling from a counter at Captain D's in Henderson. 14 News spoke to police and the boy's grandfather on Saturday.

Police are still investigating this situation and there are a few people who could face criminal charges by the time the investigation concludes.

Henderson Police say it happened Friday night between 9:00 and 10:00. They say the boy named Mason Ray Brown was brought into Captain D's, and was left by himself on a counter top. Police say at some point the boy fell off of the counter top and suffered a serious injury.

Police say the boy's grandmother, the woman who brought the boy to the restaurant, then drove Mason Ray to Methodist Hospital in Henderson, and that the boy was later transported to St. Mary's in Evansville.

It was then at St. Mary's where Mason Ray died of his injuries. Kevin Brown is Mason Ray's grandfather. He says Mason Ray was his son's child and that the mother of the boy is Mandy Peckenpaugh, an employee at Captain D's. He says the grandmother involved is Peckenpaugh's mother.

Kevin Brown says he is very saddened by the situation and knows he can't bring his grandson back, but he says someone needs to be held responsible for what happened.

"I still think that there's some type of neglect here, as far as whoever was suppose to be watching him, did not watch him," says Brown. "Either the mother was suppose to, or the grandmother. Somebody should have been sitting there watching him with their undivided attention."

14 News spoke to a manager at the restaurant on the phone Saturday afternoon, and they refused to comment. 

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