Idaho mom seeks $1 million for injured toddler after police use stun gun on father

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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The mother of an 18-month-old girl who was allegedly injured during an incident with Lewiston police officers seeks $1 million from the city.

The attorney who filed the tort claim told the Lewiston Tribune that the toddler suffered a fractured skull and other injuries when her father landed on her after officers used a stun gun to subdue him Nov. 8.

The claim alleges negligence and recklessness on the part of Lewiston officers. Attorney Noel Pitner says the actions went “above and beyond their duties and procedures.”

Lewiston City Clerk Kari Ravencroft says the city’s insurance carrier will look into the validity of the claim.

The girl’s father was arrested and has a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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2 comments

  • Suzette

    Sounds to me as if the mom is suing the wrong guilty party. I can bet you my house that the man resisted arrest, refused to put his daughter down because he used her to hide behind like a coward, the situation escalated and the police had to make a quick decision. Then they used the stun gun on the father who subsequently fell on his daughter. Whose fault is that? THE FATHER. I recently witnessed this very incident with our neighbor. For at least twenty minutes the police were attempting to arrest my neighbor. Like a coward he held his small child and refused to put her down. Finally, it took several police officers wresting his child out of his arms and then arresting him. The baby could have been hurt. But I don’t blame the police. They are doing their job. The father wasn’t complying, plain and simple.