Insurance Company Pays $107K After Kansas Boy Topples Sculpture

July 11, 2018

A city in Kansas has received $107,000 from a family’s insurance company after a 5-year-old boy accidentally knocked over a sculpture at a community center.

Overland Park spokesman Sean Reilly says the city plans to send $99,000 to artist Bill Lyons, who created “Aphrodite di Kansas City.” Reilly says that’s the amount Lyons would’ve received had the sculpture sold at the center’s art fair.

The sculpture was damaged in May at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center. Surveillance video shows the child wrapping his arms around it and then struggling to hold it up as it fell.

The Kansas City Star reports the boy’s mother, Sarah Goodman, said Saturday she hadn’t been told by her insurer that the money was paid.

She has said the sculpture was unprotected and that an insurance company wanted her family to pay $132,000.


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  • July 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    Bill says:
    In a previous IJ article the mother said the child was well supervised and she was not negligent. In the security video, two children were clearly goofing around while two wo... read more
  • July 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm
    Agent says:
    FFA, the museum said the statue was clipped down, but the way the unsupervised kid was climbing on it, they apparently weren't strong enough. The parents and their Homeowners... read more
  • July 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    Tom Bruckmeyer says:
    You kind of said the magic word----"unsupervised" kid.

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