CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ A 200-pound neon sign over a vending machine fell as an 11-year-old girl was getting a drink, killing her and injuring her mother.

Anna Chambers of Marietta was at a Speedway convenience store when the sign, attached to the ceiling, came loose as she reached for a cup.

``Poor little girl,'' Bartow County Sheriff's Sgt. Tommy Stanley said. ``She was just trying to get a Coca-Cola, just innocent. She didn't do anything and the sign fell.''

Her mother, Karen Chambers, was treated at a hospital for head injuries and released. Her father was not injured.

The sign apparently broke loose because of a flaw in construction in the year-old store, Stanley said.