A negligence suit was filed Tuesday on behalf of two 3-year-old children who were injured when a large tree branch fell on them at a children’s center in Pasadena in 2017.
The eucalyptus tree branch came down about noon Aug. 29 at Linda Vista Children’s Center on Linda Vista Avenue.
“Plaintiffs as a result suffered physical injuries as well as severe psychological and emotional trauma from this terrifying experience,” the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit states.
The suit names as defendants the city of Pasadena, the Pasadena Unified School District, the Linda Vista Children’s Center, Merchants Landscape Services Inc and West Coast Arborists Inc.
The children’s center leased the property under an agreement with the PUSD, the suit states. The city “controlled a portion of the location involving the tree,” according to the complaint.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Representatives for the defendants could not be immediately reached.
A total of three children were hurt in the incident and all were hospitalized, police said. The lawsuit alleges the tree was not properly maintained or inspected. There also were no barriers in place to prevent falling limbs from hitting children in the play area, according to the complaint.
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