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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake County woman is suing the company KinderCare for alleged negligence that left her 5-year-old with "severe injuries" in 2006.
According to the complaint filed in 3rd District Court Tuesday, the woman's 5-year-old son was attending a KinderCare facility at 12265 S. 1190 East in Draper in May 2006. The child was enrolled in a pre- kindergarten class that was lead by a teacher and a teacher's assistant who "were in charge of and supposed to be supervising children."
Around 4 p.m. on May 16, the complaint states that the teacher left the teacher's assistant alone in the classroom. During that time period, her son "who was not being properly supervised, was struck in the head by a spring- loaded handle on the wringer of a mop bucket."
The complaint states the child "sustained severe injuries," including, among other things, a skull fracture, a scalp hematoma and a traumatic brain injury. The woman says the child's injuries have led to a number of economic damages, from medical costs to loss of earning capacity in addition to "pain and suffering, severe emotional distress and mental anguish…"
The complaint states that KinderCare was negligent in failing to properly supervise the children, train and hire their staff, failing to provide safe "premises for the children" and failing to have adequate staff to monitor the children.
The complaint calls for a jury, at trial, to award damages and attorney's fees.
A spokesperson for KinderCare could not be reached for comment Tuesday.