City of Highland sued over boy's near-drowning

Kelly Holleran May 22, 2012, 8:25am

The parents of a minor Highland boy allege their son nearly drowned while on a field trip to a swimming pool.

The six-year-old Isaac D. Cook was enrolled in a "Playground Boys" class at Glik Park, which is a program run by defendant city of Highland, on June 17, 2011, when he sustained "near-fatal injuries" while participating in a class at the swimming pool, according to the complaint filed May 7 in Madison County Circuit Court.

"Defendant consciously disregarded the welfare and safety of the minor plaintiff and other children by failing to notice that plaintiff had been underwater long enough to lose consciousness and nearly drown," the suit states.

Because of the incident, Isaac D. Cook experienced physical pain, suffering, fright and shock; experienced mental pain and suffering; and lost his normal life, the complaint says. He also incurred medical costs and lost his earning capacity, his parents claim.

The Cooks blame Highland for contributing to their son's injuries, saying it negligently failed to provide adequate supervision, failed to provide proper instructions to children under their supervision and failed to warn of the dangers that existed.

In their two-count complaint, the Cooks are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Roy C. Dripps of Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt and Blotevogel in Alton will be representing them.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-618.

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