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It is meant to keep shopper’s safer and save shopping centers money. The 5 foot tall, 300 pound Knightscope K5 robot is a testament to modern technology. The mobile robots can patrol shopping centers and malls and uses an array of complex sensors to detect and deter crime in the area. If things get out of hand, the K5 can automatically call for help from local authorities.

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According to a local news report:

It amuses shoppers of all ages, but last Thursday, 16-month-old Harwin Cheng had a frightening collision with the robot. “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,” Harwin’s mom Tiffany Teng said.

Harwin’s parents say the robot ran over his right foot, causing it to swell, but luckily the child didn’t suffer any broken bones.

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Harwin also got a scrape on his leg from the incident. “He was crying like crazy and he never cries. He seldom cries,” Teng said.

According to the same report, a security guard (of the human variety) told the parents that a similar incident had occurred just the week before with the same robot.

Images of the boy’s injury as well as the robot were tweeted by local reporter Lilian Kim on her Twitter account:

Knightscope has apparently not yet responded to requests for comments on the incident. According to their website, their robots are specifically designed to be able to use their sensors to navigate around people and objects in crowded places:

Utilizing numerous sensors, lasers and a significant amount of code, the K3 and K5 can roam a geo-fenced area autonomously (meaning not remote-controlled) on their own randomly or based on a particular patrolling algorithm. They can successfully navigate around people and objects in a dynamic indoor or outdoor environment. The K5 is even able to detect a vehicle backing up or tailing the machine in a parking lot setting.

Here is a video report from a local ABC affiliate: