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Death of child who fell from Henderson restaurant counter ruled accidental

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The death of Henderson County child who fell from a counter at a Henderson restaurant has been officially ruled an accident.

That's according to Vanderburgh County Coroner Annie Groves, who performed the autopsy.

Initially, some of 13-month-old Mason Ray Brown's family thought something else might have happened to the child other than the fall that lead to his death. But on Tuesday, Groves ruled that Mason Ray's injuries are consistent with the story, the child's mother and grandmother told police.

The accident happened back on May 25. Mason Ray's grandmother brought the boy to Captain D's to visit his mother, Amanda Peckenpaugh, who worked at the restaurant. At some point, Mason Ray fell off of a countertop, and his grandmother drove him to Methodist Hospital in Henderson. He was later airlifted to St. Mary's in Evansville, where he died.

On Tuesday, Groves says, based on testing, Mason Ray was killed by the fall and no other contributing factors.

"All the injury patterns are consistent with the story that we have been told. It's a terrible accident. It's very sad. You know, little ones move quick. You got to keep an eye on them all the time," Groves said.

We have not yet heard from the Henderson police, who is handling this case. 

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