Lumberton church sued after child falls through stair railing

David Yates Mar. 21, 2012, 7:00am


A Lumberton church is being sued for injuries a child received when the minor slipped through the railing on a stairway and fell 15 feet.

Acing as next of friend for a minor identified as T.R., Crystal and Marc Reed filed suit against First Baptist Church of LOEB Lumberton on March 16 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on May 22, 2011, a Sunday school teacher was escorting children up a flight of stairs when T.R. fell through a large opening in the railing of the stairwell, falling at least 15 feet.

T.R. fractured his skull in the fall and had to be life-flighted to Texas Children's Hospital from Christus St. Elizabeth.

The suit alleges the church should have known about the dangerous condition and corrected the hazard.

The Reeds are suing for their loss of consortium and mental anguish, in addition to T.R.'s medical expenses, disfigurement, pain and mental anguish.

Beaumont attorney John Morgan represents them.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-182

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