WATCH: Kansas mother gets $132,000 bill after child accidentally - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WATCH: Kansas mother gets $132,000 bill after child accidentally knocks over statue at community center

Posted: Updated:
Pics/Video: YouTube Pics/Video: YouTube
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -

A Kansas family received a letter from an insurance company seeking $132,000 in damages after their 5-year-old accidentally toppled a statue in a community center last month. 

Sarah Goodman of Overland Park, Kansas, said her family, including her husband and four kids, were at a wedding reception on May 19 at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center and as they were saying goodbye, they heard some commotion around the corner. 

Goodman's son had knocked over a statue. A statue the City's insurance company values at $132,000. 

Goodman was stunned, saying she didn't see exactly what happened, but she doesn't think the statue looked badly damaged. 

Surveillance video shows two children near the statue when one of them appears to hug it. A short time later, the two boys return and the other boy gives the statue a hug. That's when the statue tilts off the stand. The boy tries to hold it to prevent it from falling, but eventually, the statue and the boy topple over. Witnesses nearby head over to check on the situation and the boys run off. 

Goodman told local media that her kids are well-supervised and well-behaved, adding that her son probably hugged the torso of the statue because he's a "loving, sweet nice boy who just graduated from preschool." 

The City said the insurance company is contractually obligated to reach out to the responsible party when public property is damaged, but Goodman said she can't pay the bill. 

Goodman also thinks the statue should have been properly secured, noting she believes it was a safety hazard to other young kids. Goodman said no one from the City asked if her son was okay after the incident, but when she and her family returned from vacation, they had a letter from Travelers Insurance waiting for them. 

“This loss occurred when your son was in a closed area of the property and toppled a glass sculpture. Under common law in Kansas, you are responsible for the supervision of a minor child and your failure to monitor them during this loss could be considered negligent,” the letter said. “The cost of the sculpture damaged is estimated at $132,000.”

A City spokesperson noted that they have a responsibility to file a claim with the insurance company and then it's up to them to work it out. 

The artist, Bill Lyons, said it was his most ambitious piece and took two years to complete. 

Lyons said the statue was damaged beyond repair and he wants to be reimbursed for the time he spent on it and for what he thinks it's worth. Lyons did not have insurance on the piece. 

Do you think the mother should have to pay for the statue? Let us know on our Facebook page

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Drivers caught on camera blocking emergency vehicles during dispatch calls

    Drivers caught on camera blocking emergency vehicles during dispatch calls

    Wednesday, November 21 2018 11:05 PM EST2018-11-22 04:05:51 GMT

    First responders are seeing a growing problem on the road that's putting lives at risk. Washington state law requires drivers to immediately pull over to the right, stop, and wait until the emergency vehicle's passed. All it took was one hour-long ride along with Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer to see more than twenty cars breaking the law. Every second counts for first responders: according to the American Heart Association, the chances of surviving cardiac arrest (the mos...

    >>

    First responders are seeing a growing problem on the road that's putting lives at risk. Washington state law requires drivers to immediately pull over to the right, stop, and wait until the emergency vehicle's passed. All it took was one hour-long ride along with Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer to see more than twenty cars breaking the law. Every second counts for first responders: according to the American Heart Association, the chances of surviving cardiac arrest (the mos...

    >>
  • Coeur d'Alene man accused of giving child STD

    Coeur d'Alene man accused of giving child STD

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 10:07 PM EST2018-11-21 03:07:56 GMT

    A Coeur d’Alene man is accused of giving his fiancé’s five-year old daughter a sexually transmitted disease. Corey McGrath was arraigned in Kootenai County District Court Tuesday on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. 

    >>

    A Coeur d’Alene man is accused of giving his fiancé’s five-year old daughter a sexually transmitted disease. Corey McGrath was arraigned in Kootenai County District Court Tuesday on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. 

    >>
  • Q6 Cold Case Files: Vanished

    Q6 Cold Case Files: Vanished

    Monday, November 19 2018 9:23 PM EST2018-11-20 02:23:28 GMT

    FLATHEAD COUNTY, Mont. - It's been roughly 18 months since a 26-year-old Spokane Valley man traveled to Montana for work, never to be seen again. The many loved ones of Corey Flannigan try to stay optimistic that one day, answers about what happened to him, will come. "I hate to call it a cold case after 18 months," said Flathead County Sheriff's Office Detective Rich Schuster. 

    >>

    FLATHEAD COUNTY, Mont. - It's been roughly 18 months since a 26-year-old Spokane Valley man traveled to Montana for work, never to be seen again. The many loved ones of Corey Flannigan try to stay optimistic that one day, answers about what happened to him, will come. "I hate to call it a cold case after 18 months," said Flathead County Sheriff's Office Detective Rich Schuster. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Drivers caught on camera blocking emergency vehicles during dispatch calls

    Drivers caught on camera blocking emergency vehicles during dispatch calls

    Wednesday, November 21 2018 11:05 PM EST2018-11-22 04:05:51 GMT

    First responders are seeing a growing problem on the road that's putting lives at risk. Washington state law requires drivers to immediately pull over to the right, stop, and wait until the emergency vehicle's passed. All it took was one hour-long ride along with Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer to see more than twenty cars breaking the law. Every second counts for first responders: according to the American Heart Association, the chances of surviving cardiac arrest (the mos...

    >>

    First responders are seeing a growing problem on the road that's putting lives at risk. Washington state law requires drivers to immediately pull over to the right, stop, and wait until the emergency vehicle's passed. All it took was one hour-long ride along with Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer to see more than twenty cars breaking the law. Every second counts for first responders: according to the American Heart Association, the chances of surviving cardiac arrest (the mos...

    >>
  • Massive Southern California wildfire contained

    Massive Southern California wildfire contained

    Wednesday, November 21 2018 10:25 PM EST2018-11-22 03:25:53 GMT

    SACRAMENTO - Authorities have finally surrounded a Southern California wildfire that destroyed some 1,600 homes and other buildings and left three people dead. Fire officials announced Wednesday evening that the Woolsey Fire is 100 percent contained. The wind-whipped blaze erupted on Nov. 8 and spread destruction from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, west of Los Angeles.

    >>

    SACRAMENTO - Authorities have finally surrounded a Southern California wildfire that destroyed some 1,600 homes and other buildings and left three people dead. Fire officials announced Wednesday evening that the Woolsey Fire is 100 percent contained. The wind-whipped blaze erupted on Nov. 8 and spread destruction from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, west of Los Angeles.

    >>
  • No. 3 Gonzaga holds off No. 1 Duke 89-87 in Maui

    No. 3 Gonzaga holds off No. 1 Duke 89-87 in Maui

    Wednesday, November 21 2018 9:08 PM EST2018-11-22 02:08:14 GMT

    LAHAINA, Hawaii  - Duke's Maui mastery is over. Gonzaga blocked the Blue Devils out of another title.    Rui Hachimura scored 20 points and No. 3 Gonzaga blocked four shots in the final 46 seconds to hold off five-time champion Duke 89-87 Wednesday in the Maui Invitational title game. Duke (5-1) trailed by 16 in the second half before mounting a massive charge with a series of dunks and drives to the basket. 

    >>

    LAHAINA, Hawaii  - Duke's Maui mastery is over. Gonzaga blocked the Blue Devils out of another title.    Rui Hachimura scored 20 points and No. 3 Gonzaga blocked four shots in the final 46 seconds to hold off five-time champion Duke 89-87 Wednesday in the Maui Invitational title game. Duke (5-1) trailed by 16 in the second half before mounting a massive charge with a series of dunks and drives to the basket. 

    >>