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Mum-of-three charged after toddler son got caught in airport escalator and fell to his death

A MUM-of-three has been charged after her toddler son got caught in an airport escalator and fell to his death.

Jiterria Lightner is being charged with child abuse and neglect after her three-year-old son Jaiden Cowart died from his injuries on September 28, WCNC reported.

Jaiden passed away three days after he fell off an escalator at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

His mum was allegedly sitting less than 15 feet away when the accident happened.

Lightner’s lawyer Michael Greene said the mum was planning a ride home when her kids moved towards a restricted area - leading to Jaiden's deadly fall.

Greene told WCNC: "She's a single mother that was watching three children at an airport and I think the circumstances could have happened to a number of us.

"I don't think they rise to the level of a crime."

Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to SunOnline the cause of death was listed as "blunt force injuries, due to a fall from a height."

The manner of death was deemed accidental.

But the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's homicide unit is reviewing the case, according to NBC.

Lightner reportedly plans to turn herself in to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police this week, as warrants were issued to her on Tuesday.

A GoFundMe set up for Jaiden described the boy as "energetic, loving and playful" - with a "witty sense of humour and an appetite for fun and adventure."

Donations will be used towards funeral expenses and support Lightner's grieving family.

The fundraiser's organiser wrote: "This has been one of the hardest things any parent has had to endure and his parents are so grateful for any and all help."

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