Toddler crushed by candy machine

A candy dispenser at a sporting hall in Wuppertal tipped over, crushing and killing a one-and-a-half-year-old boy.

The vending machine, about one and a half metres tall and 80 centimetres wide (five by two feet), fell for unknown reasons in the entryway at the sporting hall in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on the baby boy.

His father, who was standing directly next to the child, suffered a shock, police said.

The boy was immediately taken to a hospital but died a short time afterwards. The sporting hall was closed for the rest of the weekend.