City settles suit alleging that chemical cleaner injured child’s face

Lee’s Summit’s insurance carrier has settled a lawsuit alleging that a parks employee harmed a boy at day camp by using a chemical cleaner on the child’s face.

As part of the settlement, the city expressly denies any or all liability in the matter, according to a statement by Tom Lovell, parks administrator.

The settlement releases the city from all claims and dismisses the lawsuit.

The settlement was agreed to on May 9. Its terms include a $10,000 payment from Traveler’s Insurance to the plaintiff, a minor who attended day camp, to be distributed as follows: $4,535.71 to the plaintiff in care of his mother Alicia Hodges, $4,000 to their attorney for fees and $1,464.29 to their attorney for litigation expenses.

Hodges had asked for $25,000 or more for damages and costs and for other relief the court deemed appropriate.

The incident allegedly occurred Aug.13, 2010, at a summer camp held at the Harris Park Community Center, according to court documents.

The suit said Hodges’ son and other children were provided permanent markers to sign shirts of fellow campers. The boy used a marker to draw on his own face and abdomen, according to the suit, and an employee used a chemical cleaning sponge known as Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove the marks. The suit said it caused severe chemical burns on and around his face and abdomen.