Haunted House Sponsor Sued After Child Hurt - WSMV News 4

Haunted House Sponsor Sued After Child Hurt

Updated: Jan. 12, 2011

A family is suing a group that sponsors a local haunted house after they said their child was hurt last Halloween as he tried to run away from a man with a chainsaw.

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The 7-year-old boy broke his arm while attending a haunted house sponsored by the McMinnville Jaycees in October.

"When you go to an event like this that is open to the public and open to families, you don't imagine it's going to be an ultra-hazardous activity," said the family's attorney Matthew Colvard.

The child's parents are suing the Jaycees for $325,000, claiming negligence on part of the organization when he fell from an exit ramp that they claim was too steep and narrow.

The child fell from the ramp when a person, acting out a scene with a chainsaw, began chasing the crowd, according to the complaint.

"We believe the proof will show that he was actually knocked down, on the ground, by another patron who was trying to avoid the person with the chainsaw," said Colvard.

There is concern that the McMinnville Jaycees, a nonprofit organization, that was designed to help children, will falter if the lawsuit goes to trial. The suing family's attorney refutes that notion.

"I think they took steps to protect their organization, so I don't think it'll be a problem for the McMinnville Jaycees," said Colvard.

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