A two-year girl severed part of a finger when her hand got stuck in a shopping centre escalator in eastern China, mainland media reports. The toddler was with her parents at the mall in Jian city in Jiangxi on Saturday, according to a provincial news portal. She wandered off towards the escalator running between the first and second floor and fell near the floorplate, mall employees were quoted by Jxnews.com.cn as saying. Her hand became wedged between the stairs and the plate, severing part of her finger. She was taken to hospital but later transferred to a higher-level facility in nearby Nanchang city. A maintenance worker found the severed digit but the report did not say whether surgeons were able to reattach it. The incident happened after the girl’s father took her out of a restaurant at the mall and left her alone while he chatted with friends. The mother remained inside the restaurant. The local work safety authority is investigating the accident. Several months ago a young mother in Hubei died after she fell through an escalator floorplate at a shopping mall. She managed to push her two-year-old son to safety before being dragged into the machinery. In Shanghai a cleaner’s foot was amputated after being trapped in an escalator when he was mopping the steps in a shopping centre in August.