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12-year-old boy crushed to death by elevator while searching for his pet hamster

By Mason White 11:40 AM January 6, 2015
Maxwell Erik “Max” Grablin 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A boy was tragically killed while looking for his beloved pet hamster.

The 12-year-old boy has died after being crushed by an elevator while searching for his hamster, which got away from him.

Maxwell Erik “Max” Grablin went into the elevator shaft in his home in Bradenton, Florida, to find his pet on Saturday morning.

However, the elevator descended and landed on him, crushing him to death, the Manatee County sheriff’s office said.

Deputies arrived at the waterfront home after 11:00 a.m.

Paramedics, who were the first to respond, pronounced the child dead at the scene.

“The child’s death is a tragic accident,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

His father, Dr. Patrick J. Grablin, 57, was home at the time of the incident, police said.

According to the obituary, Max, who was in the 6th grade, was a Boy Scout with Troop 8 at First United Methodist Church. He was an avid collector, builder and enjoyed video games.

He loved Pokemon, Minecraft and Legos. He also enjoyed taking golf lessons at the Bradenton Country Club and guitar lessons at the Florida Enrichment Academy.

Max also loved his pet hamster named Harryett.

Maxwell was an only child to his father, who owns a local orthodontic surgery, and his mother Karin works at a wealth management firm in Sarasota.

His family asked people who want to honor Max, to donate to a fund that will benefit children and animals in need instead of purchasing flowers.

May he rest in peace.