Baltimore pays $200,000 to family of electrocuted girl

Mayor calls death of 14-year-old a 'tragedy'

March 20, 2013|By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun

The city of Baltimore on Wednesday approved a $200,000 settlement with the family of a 14-year-old Randallstown girl, Deanna Green, who was electrocuted in 2006 while stretching during a church softball game in Druid Hill Park.

"As a mother, it was a terrible tragedy," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. "I can't even imagine the pain that Deanna's family and her parents have gone through. The city has done a lot since 2006, when this incident happened, to make sure that something like this doesn't happen again. In the end, I think we have a moral obligation to make things right for the family. That's why I wanted to make sure, in my administration, that this got settled."

The settlement ends a protracted court fight with the city of Baltimore over the girl's death. Her foot had been resting against a fence that was touching an underground cable when she reached for a second fence, completing a lethal electrical circuit.

The city's Board of Estimates approved the settlement Wednesday.

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