Belmont Parents Sue California After Tree Falls On Toddler

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The family of a seriously injured three year-old girl is suing California for damages after a rotting tree fell on the girl, crushing her skull, during a state park camping trip.

Eric and Michele Moyer of Belmont say the tree, suffering from sudden oak death disease, collapsed on their daughter while she slept in their tent a year ago at a campsite at Portola Redwoods State Park in La Honda. The San Mateo County Superior Court suit seeks unspecified damages.

KCBS Melissa Culross Reporting:

The San Jose Mercury News says the girl’s skull was crushed, causing permanent brain damage.

The suit says the diseased tree should have been removed from the high-use campground.

California parks spokesman Roy Stearns says they haven’t reviewed the case and cannot comment.

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