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Couple sues Disney Cruise Line for alleged sexual assault of toddler

A couple from Vermont have filed a federal lawsuit against Disney Cruise Line for $ 20 million, alleging that their three-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by an older child at a daycare on the ship due to poorly trained employees and d ‘a lack of staff at the daycare.

In the lawsuit, the parents are identified as Jane and John Doe, while the now five-year-old is referred to as RV The cruise on the Disney Fantasy Ship ran from January 4, 2020 to January 11, 2020. The complaint alleges that the sexual assault took place on Jan. 9 and was perpetrated by a “considerably older child,” according to WCAX.

The assault allegedly took place at Disney’s Oceaneer Club daycare aboard the ship, according to WCAX.

According to New York Post, court documents allege that RV was “excessively tampered with and sexually touched” by the much older child.

The lawsuit, filed on September 22, alleges that daycare staff failed to notify parents of the attack. According to the Associated Press, he also alleges that the daycare was understaffed and the employees did not have the proper training to work at the daycare. Further, according to the Associated Press, the lawsuit alleges that the children in the daycare should have been separated by age to mitigate the risk of sexual abuse by older children and that employees should have placed the child in the nursery. for the youngest.

Disney Cruise Line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez reportedly told the Orlando Sentry that the allegations are “totally unfounded”.

“The plaintiffs’ first allegations were reported to the FBI, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office investigated them and found them to be unfounded,” Martinez said in a statement. “The complainants have now come back with a different story, which is equally unfounded, that another young girl acted inappropriately with their child. We will vigorously defend this case in court.

The Orlando Sentry reports that the lawsuit does not reveal how the family learned of the assault. According to a lawyer representing the family, the accused child has not been identified with the family, reports the media.

Lawyer Michael Winkleman represents the complainants.

“It’s easy to say it’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” Winkleman said, according to the Orlando Sentry. “They took a Disney cruise, they put their kid in Disney daycare, basically. This is about the last thing they could imagine to happen.

The case raises five counts against Disney Cruise Line:

  1. Neglect for sexual assault
  2. Negligent supervision
  3. Careless mode of operation
  4. Negligent hiring and / or retention
  5. Failure to warn by negligence

The case is Doe vs. Magical Disney Cruise Company No. 6: 21-cv-01566 in the United States District Court for the Central District of Florida.