PORTLAND, Oregon — The mother of a young Portland girl who died after choking on a meatball at her preschool is asking for $7.6 million in a lawsuit against the suburban Portland school and its owner.
The lawsuit alleges that Growing with Pride Preschool and Child Care and its owner, Lorinda Rule, were negligent in the January death of Zoey Frontella.
The complaint says the 3 1/2-year-old girl choked while eating lunch and died from respiratory and cardiac arrest the next day.
Anne Frontella, a Product Development Specialist at Alpha-Tec Systems in Portland, accuses the defendants of failing to provide adequate observation during lunch, failing to prepare food items safe for the girl's age and failing to perform "any or adequate" measures to revive her.
The suit asks for $5 million in damages for Zoey Frontella's extended period of conscious pain and suffering and for depriving her family of her love, affection and companionship. The suit also seeks economic damages of $2.6 million.
The preschool is located in Tualatin and it is unclear why the lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County. The plaintiff's attorney, Keith Tichenor, declined to explain the decision to file in Multnomah County.
The Tualatin school did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday night.