Parents asked to pay Dh484,000 as 5-year-old boy 'hugs' sculpture

Parents asked to pay Dh484,000 as 5-year-old boy hugs sculpture

Kansas - It was a clear case of accident which took place on May 19.



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Published: Tue 19 Jun 2018, 10:43 AM

Last updated: Tue 19 Jun 2018, 1:06 PM

Parents of a five-year-old boy who toppled a glass sculpture have been asked to pay $132,000 (Dh484,826) compensation.
The boy tried to hug the sculpture at the Overland Park's Tomahawk Ridge Community Center when it fell on the floor.
 "You're responsible for the supervision of a minor child. your failure to monitor could be considered negligent," the insurance letter sent to the parent read.
"I was surprised, absolutely, more so offended to be called negligent," boy's mother Sarah Goodman was quoted saying by abc news. "They were treating this like a crime scene."
Sarah stressed that it was a clear case of accident which took place on May 19.
"I don't want to diminish the value of their art. But I can't pay for that," said told Kansas City Star.
According to the artist, Bill Lyons, it took him two years to create it.
"I want to be reimbursed for the amount of time that I spent on it and for what I think it is worth," he told The Kansas City Star. 
Overland Park communications manager Sean Reilly added, "We are not seeking payment from the family... Our carrier is simply wanting to contact their insurance provider. If we do not seek payment from their carrier, taxpayers' money will be used to compensate the artist."


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