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Carnival where little girl was shocked now setting up in Topeka

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A 15-month-old girl remains in critical condition at Wesley Children’s Hospital after being shocked last Friday at a Wichita carnival. As that carnival heads north to Topeka, Pressley’s grandparents want people there to know what happened to her.

Pressley was shocked at the Evans United carnival at Towne West Friday night. Her grandparents say she touched an electrified fence and lost consciousness. It’s unknown what caused the electricity in the fence. Wichita Police are still investigating.

That same carnival is now setting up in Topeka at the Expo Center, which is operated by SMG. Regional General Manager H.R. Cook says the show will go on, despite what happened in Wichita.

“Our records with Evans have been clean. They’ve always run a very reputable show,” said Cook.

Cook says he’s talked with the owner of Evans United and says they’re cooperating with the Wichita Police investigation.

“They too would like to get to the bottom of what happened, and if there is indeed something wrong with the equipment or cord, they want to know,” said Cook.

Cook says SMG does not perform inspections but says they will do a walk through before opening day on Thursday.

“We will do a quick walk around to make sure all the exits are clear, the fences are set up properly, the rides are in the right places,” said Cook.

Pressley’s grandmother says it’s “disgusting” that the carnival continues to go on before knowing what happened to Pressley. The family worries other children could be in danger. Pressley’s grandmother says they have not heard from anyone with the carnival since the accident.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Pressley’s family with medical expenses.

Eyewitness News has continuously called representatives with the carnival but has not been able to get in touch with them.


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