Family of girl who died after being shocked settles suit

Jayden Hicks (KSN File Photo)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – Salina has settled a lawsuit with a family whose 12-year-old daughter died several months after being shocked while playing in a rainstorm.

The Salina Journal reports that the civil suit filed by Jaymie Hicks and Jonni Cullison was settled for an undisclosed amount.

The couple’s daughter, Jayden, was 11 in May 2013 when she slipped in a puddle and fell onto an in-ground junction box at the entrance to a plaza in downtown Salina. The box had been installed without a grounding wire and contained damaged wires. Jayden underwent months of hospitalization and rehabilitation before she died in December of that year.

Her parents previously reached undisclosed settlements with the manufacturer of the junction box and company that installed it. Court records say the city never inspected the wiring.

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