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Amusement park ride rips off scalp of 11-year-old girl after her long hair got stuck in spinning mechanism

By Mason White 3:14 PM May 10, 2016
Elizabeth Gilreath 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A young girl was rushed to a hospital in serious condition after her long hair got stuck in an amusement park ride, doctors in Nebraska said.

11-year-old Elizabeth Gilreath of Omaha, was spinning on the ride on Saturday afternoon, when her long red hair got stuck in the spinning mechanism.

She was spinning around for around 5 minutes until a woman managed to stop the ride. The operator of the ride ran away from the scene in order to get help.

By the time the girl was removed from the ride, her entire scalp was ripped off.

The father of the girl, Timothy Gilreath, said that Jolene Cisneros had to physically stop the ride with her bare hands to help Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was placed on the floor until an ambulance arrived.

She was the Nebraska Medicine hospital, where she is said to be in critical condition. At this point, doctors do not know if her eye muscles will work or if she will be able to see again.

Marcos Mora, the carnival organizer, said that all the rides were inspected and determined to be safe by Thomas D. Thomas, the company that operated the attraction.

Police launched an investigation into the incident, but so far, no charges have been filed.

Elizabeth’s mother, Virginia Cooksey, is warning parents against allowing their children on amusement park rides, saying that she would not recommend any parent to put their child on a ride.

“Please pray for my baby girl. Lord please be beside her and give her a full recovery. Lulu is such an amazing and outgoing little girl.

“She wants to be a senator when she grows up. She loves to read and learn. She loves her family dearly. Please keep Lulu in your thoughts and prayers.

“I want the man who is responsible for being so stupid and neglecting my daughter to be punished for this crime, and I want to know everyone who was involved in saving my daughter’s life to know how thankful the family and I are. We have a long road ahead of us,” Cooksey wrote on Facebook.