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Girl’s Scalp Gets Torn Off After Her Hair Got Caught In An Amusement Park Ride

By Karly Carpena
May 9, 2016

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Most people are afraid to ride rollercoasters because of the large drops and loops. But an 11-year-old girl from Omaha recently had her entire scalp ripped off after her hair got caught in a carnival ride.

Elizabeth Gilreath was riding the “Spinning Ride” at Omaha’s Cinco de Mayo festival when her hair suddenly got caught her friend told WOWT 6.

The girl’s father, Timothy Gilreath, said in a press conference that the incident lasted for five to ten minutes, before onlookers noticed and took action.


Lulu’s mother, Virginia Cooksey, shared photos on Facebook of Lulu in the hospital to try an warn parents of the dangers caused by these types of rides.

WARNING: These photos are graphic.

She says: “Please pray for my baby girl. Lord please beside her and give her a full recovery. Lulu is such a amazing and out going little girl she has to make it threw this she want to be a senator when she grows up. She loves to read and learn. She loves her family dearly. Please family and friends keep lulu is your thoughts and prays on this mothers day. No mother should have to go threw what im going threw. I want the man who is responsible for being so stupid and neglecting my daughter to be punish for this crime and i want to know everyone who was involved in saving my daughters life to know how thankful her family and i are. We have a long road ahead of us.”




The Omaha Police Department released a statement saying an investigation is underway.

h/t Buzzfeed