A 16-month-old boy was reportedly knocked down and run over by a 300-pound security robot at a shopping center in Palo Alto, according to an ABC7 News report. And, no, before you ask, the boy’s name isn’t John Connor.
The 5-foot-tall robot, which is fully autonomous and designed to detect and deter crime, allegedly struck the child in the head and then proceed to run him over. The circumstances surrounding the alleged attack are unclear.
“The robot hit my son’s head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it kept moving forward,” said Tiffany Teng, the child’s mother.
The young boy received some superficial injuries, including a scrape on his leg, but luckily didn’t suffer any broken bones.
“He was crying like crazy and he never cries,” Teng added.
Developed by Knightscope, the K5 beta prototype robot comes equipped with a number of instruments, including a video camera, radar, microphone, thermal imaging sensors, and more. It’s unclear if the robot recorded the incident, or if there’s any footage at all to back up Teng’s claims.
The robot was officially introduced at the Stanford Shopping Center last year, but following the incident, its time protecting and serving might already be over.