Pennsylvania Family Files Negligence Suit Over Son’s Camp Death

For many people, this time of year is one of joy and fun with friends and family. That’s especially true for families with young children. But a Pennsylvania family has lost a significant part of that holiday joy, after their 9-year-old was killed in a fatal accident two years ago.

The boy excitedly went to an out-of-state nature camp that his mom signed him up for as a Christmas gift. He went to the nature camp, and it wasn’t long before his mother got a chilling call about her son’s safety. He was injured by a large, dead tree that fell on him while at the camp.

On New Year’s Eve of 2009, the young boy died as a result of the injuries he sustained at the camp. While his family has been devastated by the accident and their loss, sadness isn’t where the aftermath ends. The mother is taking her disappointment in what happened and putting it into a wrongful death lawsuit.

The nature camp is a county-run program. It’s located in Carroll County, Maryland, and the county is whom the family is targeting. They are suing the county for its alleged negligence that led to the accident.

The family argues that the county should have recognized the danger of the tree that fell on the child victim. It was an old, dead tree. If the county knew that, they should have taken the precaution of getting it removed from the area that is often populated by young campers.

Sending a child off to camp can already be scary. When a parent’s trust is violated after entrusting her child into the care of others, it’s no surprise that she would want to try and protect other children and parents from going through what she’s gone through over the past couple of years.

We will post an update when there are developments in this wrongful death case.


  • “Family suing Carroll County for the wrongful death of their son at stay away camp,” Brian Kuebler, Dec. 6, 2011