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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Parents are hit with $132,000 bill after their son, 5, knocks over a glass sculpture while hugging it

Parents are hit with $132,000 bill after their son, 5, knocks over a glass sculpture while hugging it

The parents of a 5-year-old boy have been hit with a $132,000 bill after their son accidentally knocked over a glass sculpture by hugging it.

The boy was at a wedding reception at Overland Park community center in Kansas City, Kansas, where Aphrodite di Kansas City, a glass and mirror sculpture, was on display on May 19.

Surveillance footage shows him walking up towards it and wrapping his arms around it while his mother Shannon Goodman and other adults chat on sofas nearby. At some point, the child accidentally pulled the sculpture towards himself and it toppled over on to him, causing damage to the back of the figure's head and arms. After the crash, the child is seen looking sheepishly towards his mother.

The broken sculpture left him with scratches on his face.

Parents are hit with $132,000 bill after their son, 5, knocks over a glass sculpture while hugging it

Now, the artist, Bill Lyons, who loaned the sculpture to the city of Overland Park to put on display wants to be reimbursed for the money he says he has lost because he can't sell it. He estimated its worth to be $132,000.

It was the city's representatives who contacted the boy's mother, Goodman, asking for her to pay. Goodman said she had expected the sculpture to be much less valuable and was stunned when she received a letter from the city's insurance company. 

"It’s clear accidents happen and this was an accident. I don’t want to diminish the value of their art. But I can’t pay for that," she told The Kansas City Star.  

She explained that she was saying goodbye to the bride's father when her son wandered off towards the statue but insisted he and his three siblings, who were also there, are always well behaved.

She explained: "He probably hugged it. Maybe my son hugged a torso because he’s a loving, sweet nice boy who just graduated from preschool."

A spokesman for the city of Overland Park said it had filed a claim with Travelers, its insurance company.

"The city has a responsibility to file a claim with our insurance company, and we do that any time city property is damaged. It will be up to the insurance companies to get this worked out," they said.

Lyons, the artist, said: "I want to be reimbursed for the amount of time that I spent on it and for what I think it is worth."

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