Skip to comments.Judge Dismisses Suit In Fatal Fall Of Boy At STAPLES
Posted on 07/02/2012 5:05:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBS) A judge has tossed a wrongful death suit filed by a couple who sued the managers of Staples Center over the death of their 34-month-old son, who was fatally injured in a fall from the ledge of a luxury suite.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason heard arguments Friday on L.A. Arena Co.s motion for dismissal of the case brought in May 2011 by Garden Grove residents Hoia Mi Nguyen and Henry Tang, parents of Lucas Tang.
The judge took the case under submission and later in the day granted the defenses dismissal motion.
The court finds that the defendants did not owe a duty to the plaintiffs to properly supervise Lucas to prevent him from falling from the luxury box suite, Bryant-Deason wrote in a two-page ruling. The court finds that it was not foreseeable that Mr. Tang and Ms. Nguyen would place Lucas in an openly and obviously dangerous situation by putting him on top of the beverage bar where it was easily foreseeable the he could climb over the tempered glass and fall.
The judge also said the couples lawyers did not show how anything arena officials did or failed to do caused the boys fall.
The attorneys could not be immediately reached today.
Nguyen, asked during a pretrial deposition why she put her son on the ledge, replied, So I can take a picture and capture the moment for his first Lakers game.
The toddler was killed on Nov, 21, 2010, during a game in which the Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors.
The luxury boxes are open at the front to aid spectator viewing of events. The only barrier is a pony wall, according to the suit, which says a ledge sticks out toward the interior of the box that can be used in various ways, including as a table.
The suit also alleged negligent infliction of emotional distress on behalf of Nguyen, who maintains there were no written warnings about the ledge referred to in the lawsuit as a beverage bench and that the plexiglass barrier along most of it was only about 10 inches high.
Whether or not the beverage bench was intended to be used for the placement of food and beverages, patrons typically sit, stand or climb on it, the plaintiffs court papers stated. Indeed, defendants admit that patrons use the beverage bench to sit or stand on.
But according to the defense attorneys court papers, No reasonable person would anticipate a parent, supervising her energetic 2-year-old child inside the suite, would purposefully place him on the beverage bar, then look away from the child to take photographs.
Bryant-Deason previously threw out the portion of the complaint against NBBJ LP, the arenas architects.
Nguyen gave her deposition last November. She said she took four photos of her son with her iPhone just before he fell.
I was holding my camera and I took the last picture of him and I glanced down at the fourth picture, she said. When I glanced back up to take the next one, I noticed he wasnt there.
Too bad about the child, but at least the Lakers won!
I’m sorry for Ms. Nguyen: she will have to spend the rest of her life knowing that her extreme foolishness killed her son.
Try individual responsiblity and common sense, vs. blaming others and playing Litigation Lotto.
Good ruling. I’d never put my baby onto one of those tables. No one with any sense would.
Imagine how bad Josh Hamilton must have felt, throwing a ball into the seats, and a fan reaching for it fell to his death.
Should they ban throwing balls into the stands? Might as well ban sports. Someone might get hurt.
34 month old?
2 years and 10 months...
why not say 3 year old or 2 1/2 year old?
talk about yellow journalism.
I know. I can never wrap my mind around the “months old” metric. When I hear x months I translate it into “tyke”.
Other reports said “two-year-old,” and yet, he was nearly 3. They’re just trying to be accurate.
The key point is that he was too young to climb up on the ledge by himself, but old enough to climb over the plexiglas backsplash behind the ledge. So would my 3-year-old ... er, 37-month-old ... son, which is why I would never put him on a ledge like that.
and you have to bring race into it shame on you
It makes the child sound like a baby, like a 4 month old, instead of “I put my almost three year old on a ledge not meant to hold people, and he went over”.
Someone that stupid just won’t get it. She will always see herself as “victim!”
Too bad the “Darwin Rule” couldn’t have been invoked to save that poor two year old kid!
Just so you know... I’m 507 months old.
You’re just mean.
I know how hard it is to lose a child but where is her responsibility? People are too sue-happy.
Romney's fault. < /s >
Sanity and common sense in LA, amazing.
I feel bad for this woman, she made a very stupid, careless mistake, but we’ve all done that at some point. We are just lucky if we never made one quite this stupid & careless.
But it is pretty low to make a collossal mistake like this and then expect someone else to give you a bunch of money to make it up for you.
That’s where she put her child?! I wouldn’t sit there. I certainly wouldn’t sit a child there. Oh my, poor little kid.
This woman is trying to keep herself sane by blaming someone else, otherwise she will go insane at her stupidity. I know someone whose almost 2 year old climbed up on a window ledge (2nd story) and fell to the driveway below, fatally injuring him, as she was running after him....(one of those stepped away for a moment times)...I think it has nearly destroyed her life....BUT, she NEVER blamed anyone else! This woman needs to find a different way to resolve this...or she will be a goner herself.
No longer a babe in arms. Not even a rugrat anymore.
Is even almost past crumb snatcher.
The emotional distress should be "what an idiot I was to kill my child by doing something anyone with an ounce of common sense would recognise as extremely dangerous." Losing a child is probably the worse possible thing that can happen. Maybe being an idiot lessens the pain.
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