Father of Girl Injured on Nebraska Carnival Ride: ‘She Was Tortured’

Elizabeth Gilreath was on a spinning ride when she was tossed from her seat onto the floor

NBC News, File

The father of an 11-year-old Nebraska girl whose scalp was torn from her head by a carnival ride said his daughter may never see again, NBC News reported.

"They don't even know if the muscles will work," a distraught Timothy Gilreath told reporters during a news conference Sunday evening at Nebraska Medicine hospital. "She was tortured," he added.

The details of what happened at the Cinco De Mayo carnival in Omaha on Saturday remain unclear, but Gilreath's daughter, Elizabeth, was on a spinning ride called the "King's Crown" when she was tossed from her seat onto the floor.

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Elizabeth's hair became caught in the ride's spinning mechanism, ripping it from her head and fracturing her skull.

Nebraska Labor Department spokeswoman Grace Johnson said investigators have found no indication that a spinning carnival ride was malfunctioning or that the person operating the ride wasn't paying attention when the incident occurred, The Associated Press reported. Johnson said investigators are looking at the restraints on the ride.

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