3-year-old girl dies after being ‘in distress’ at NC Monkey Joe’s

MATTHEWS, N.C. (WBTV) — A 3-year-old was taken to the hospital from Monkey Joe’s Saturday afternoon.


Matthews police said someone called 911 about a girl “in distress” at 4:53 p.m. She was taken to Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and later died.

Monkey Joe’s was closed Sunday.

Sunday evening the company told WBTV the child was “not in distress on an inflatable or engaging in any arcade games.”

UPDATE: GoFundMe set up after NC 3-year-old dies following Monkey Joe’s visit

A spokesperson for Monkey Joe’s also said they didn’t know the cause of the 3-year-old’s death, but added that police were investigating.

“We have provided full support to the police and the family of the child,” the spokesperson said

Monkey Joe’s, which has locations in 18 states, is an inflatable play center for children filled with slides, jumps and obstacle courses.

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