Mall Security Robot Injures Toddler: Photos Of Kid, Robot & Facts About The Case

Mall Security Robot Injures Toddler: Photos Of Kid, Robot & Facts About The Case
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It’s the one thing parents never thought could hurt their child, much less a 16-month-old baby. But as one mother would discover, a mall security robot is capable of launching aggressive actions against her little one.


Tiffany Teng was strolling around Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California with her son Harwin Cheng on Thursday when the unimaginable happened. The shopping center’s security robot ended up colliding with Tiffany’s son.

“The robot hit my son’s head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it kept moving forward,” Tiffany recalled.

As this happened, Tiffany said that the robot ran over her son’s right foot. Swelling appeared on the affected area afterwards, but thankfully, Harwin did not suffer from broken bones. Moreover, the young boy ended up getting a scrape on his leg after his shocking encounter with the robot.

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Following the incident, Tiffany described how traumatic what happened was for her baby. “He was crying like crazy and he never cries. He seldom cries,” she told ABC 7.

Standford Shopping Center had deployed security robots into their mall last year. They stand about five feet tall and weigh 300 pounds. According to Knightscope, which makes the robots and leases them to commercial establishments, the autonomous data machines are meant to be “eyes and ears on the ground helping protect your customers, your property and your employees 24/7 – both indoors and out.”

The company added that these robots are able to do their job with the help of sensor fusion and analytics. In addition, they recharge themselves and are capable of running on their own.

Following the incident involving Tiffany’s son, however, Knightscope or Standford Shopping Center is yet to issue a statement.

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