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Family of girl who died falling from balcony on Disney trip ‘settle lawsuit’

The family of a three-year-old girl who died during a trip to Disneyland have settled their lawsuit, according to reports.

Little Stephanie Martinez was killed three years ago after plunging five floors at the nearby Embassy Suites hotel in Anaheim, California.

The youngster had been enjoying a weekend trip to the theme park in July 2015 when the horrific accident happened, KVVU-TV reported at the time.

The family, from Las Vegas, had returned to the hotel, six miles from the theme park, on a Saturday.

Stephanie’s mother was in the shower while other relatives were downstairs in the hotel courtyard.

The girl decided she wanted to join her family downstairs and went to the balcony rails, according to reports.

"Her mom came out to check up on her," Stephanie’s cousin, Eddie Fraire, told the news channel.

"She saw her hanging off the rails. She screamed, so the little girl got scared and fell down from the fifth floor.;”

Fraire, Stephanie’s father and other relatives witnessed the horrific fall and tried to run and catch the little girl but it was too late.

Stephanie was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Her death was later ruled an accident by the Orange County coroner.

According to US media reports the family launched a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging Embassy Suites had been ‘negligent’.

The Orange County Register says the suit has been settled, with a hearing due to take place on January 17.

It isn’t clear whether the terms of the reported settlement will be made public, the news site added.

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