California mall security robot injures child

Palo Alto, Calif. (KGO) — Stanford Shopping Center’s security robot stands five feet tall and weighs 300 pounds.

It amuses shoppers of all ages, but last Thursday, 16-month-old Harwin Cheng had a frightening collision with the robot.

Tiffany Teng, Harwin’s mother said, “The robot hit my son’s head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it just keep on moving forward.”

Harwin’s parents say the robot ran over his right foot, causing it to swell, but luckily no broken bones. Harwin also got a scrape on his leg from the incident. “He was crying like crazy and he never cries. He seldom cries,” said Harwin’s mother.

Stanford shopping center and Knightscope, the Mountain View company that built the robot, have yet to respond to emails and voice mail messages regarding the incident.

The shopping center introduced the robot last year. It’s designed to alert authorities of abnormal noises, sudden environmental changes and known criminals. But the fact that it didn’t seem to detect little Harwin is something shoppers find disconcerting.

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