Deaths of woman, 2-year-old son in fall at San Diego Padres' Petco Park ruled suicide, homicide

7:44 PM

According to the San Diego Police Department, a woman who fell to her death while holding her son at a park died by suicide. The toddler's death was ruled a homicide.

A mother and her son fell into the stands at a Padres game in San Diego.

The statement said that detectives conducted a thorough and comprehensive investigation that included dozens of interviews, reviewing available video footage, and collecting background information to determine what led to the deaths. The decision was made in consultation with the San Diego County Medical Examiner.

San Diego police will not release any more information on the case, according to Lt. Adam Sharki.

Wilkins and her son died about 20 minutes after police were notified. The pair fell from the third floor concourse to the sidewalk below on Tony Gwynn Way, police said. Police said the child's father was at the ballpark. The father did not respond to an interview request.

San Diego police officials called the deaths suspicious, and the department's homicide unit was called to investigate. A witness told San Diego's Fox 5 that Wilkins fell after jumping on a bench and laughing.

Dan Gilleon, an attorney who represents Wilkins' parents and sisters, expressed disappointment Wednesday over San Diego police's lack of information on the investigation and how they came to their conclusions.

A wrongful death lawsuit is pending against Petco Park and the city of San Diego, and Gilleon plans to file a claim with the city in about a week.