San Diego Harbor Police said in a statement on Thursday that the injuries suffered by a 17-year-old girl during San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend were a result of a fall.
“Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet,” the statement read.
A spokesperson later told The Raw Story that there was a structure near the pool at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, where the girl was found wearing a Roger Rabbit costume around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, suggesting such a fall. She was subsequently hospitalized for injuries reportedly including cerebral hemorrhaging, as well as skull and eye-socket fractures. KGTV-TV reported that, according to her family, her condition has improved and she is “doing much better.”
The structure was not identified, but KNSD-TV reported, citing unnamed sources, that police believe she fell while attempting to climb a fence.
That description runs counter to initial online reports on various pop culture blogs seeking information on how the girl was injured. Many of those reports included a statement, attributed to her mother, saying she was “found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious.”
Authorities also said a 29-year-old man, identified by KGTV as Justin Kalior, was charged with sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she was found with “significant injuries.” Kailor is free on bail and could face an Aug. 5 court date if charges are filed against him.
Kalior told Polygon that he and the girl were in the Marriott lobby around 12 a.m. Sunday morning when they got into an argument.
“I just wanted to call it a night and take her home to her parents and be on my way,” he was quoted as saying. “She ran off and I didn’t follow. She didn’t answer the phone. She was gone for so long. I asked security if they had seen her.”
Kalior, a photographer, said he was with hotel security when she was found near the pool. But — also contradicting the statement attributed to the girl’s mother — police found something in her purse indicating she was 17 years old. Kalior told Polygon that he thought the girl was 20.
[Image via KGTV-TV]