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DALLAS-- A family out for a fun night at the circus in Dallas is now standing vigil at the hospital. A 2-year-old child fell duringWednesday night's performance at the American Airlines Center.

Witnesses said at first people thought the commotion inthe upper level seats and then belowwas all a part of the show, but the soundof screams told them something more serious had happened.

Wednesday was opening night for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. American Airlines Center was packed with families thereto be amazed by high-flying performances and animaltricks, but just before intermission there was a jaw-dropping moment when a 2-year old-child's family was leaving their seats on the front row of the200 level.

Witnesses said the little girl's father was carrying her, but suddenly trippedand the girl fell from his arms to the plaza level below.

Andrew Cooper was sitting nearby and rushed tohelp.

'By the time I got up, there were maybe three or four people around the little girl,' Cooper said. 'Hereyes were closed, but once the medical staff got there her arms and legs started moving.'

Children's Medical Center issued the following statement on behalf of the girl's family:

'We want everyone to know our child is doing well and on the mend, although still being cared for in the ICU. We appreciate the actions of the first responders, both good Samaritans and professionals, who came to our family's aide. We also thank all those who are concerned and have reached out by thought and prayer. We request that everyone please have respect for our privacy at this time.'

The hospital says the toddler is in critical condition.

General Manager ofAmerican Airlines Center Dave Brown said they were looking into the accident and e-mailed this statement to News 8:

'Right now our focus is on the injured child and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we are doing what we can to help the family. We are also reviewing the circumstances of the accident to determine what additional measures may be necessary to insure the safety of our guests.'

E-mail: cwade@wfaa.com

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