Wichita inflatable-amusement center reopens after boy's death

Pure Entertainment, an inflatable-amusement center in west Wichita, reopened for business Thursday following the death of a 5-year-old boy there earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Wichita police have launched an investigation into the boy's death, which is being classified as accidental.

The boy was identified as Matthew William Branham of Goddard.

"It's standard operating practice for us to investigate all deaths within the city, particularly deaths that occur at places of business," said Tom Stolz, Wichita deputy police chief.

He said detectives talked with proprietors of the business Wednesday but had not yet talked with the boy's family.

According to emergency medical officials, Matthew died Monday after falling and striking his head on the concrete floor at Pure Entertainment. Sources said he was attending a birthday party with family members.

The business, near Kellogg and Tyler, was closed Tuesday and Wednesday. It reopened at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Shortly after it opened, an employee in the reception area of the business said its manager, Jesse Zogleman, was not in the building. It was unclear if or when he would be there.

Zogleman did not return repeated phone calls.

In an e-mail sent to The Eagle on Wednesday, Zogleman said, "As of right now, we have no comment. Please respect this situation and let the family have its space.

"No One knows what happen, besides staff, family, witnesses and god. Please don't blame when you don't know. Our hearts and prayers are with this family."

The front-desk employee said Thursday that Pure Entertainment would be open regular hours today, and that parties were scheduled.

Amanda Stevens, a Wichita mom who booked a birthday party for her son at Pure Entertainment this coming Saturday, said she assumes the party will go on as planned.

"No one has contacted me" to cancel the event, she said. And although Monday's incident "makes me a little nervous," she said, "I assume the staff there will be even more careful now and make sure rules are followed."

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