Parents of a 5-year-old Kansas boy asked to pay after their child damaged an art work

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The piece was made of small pieces of glass and other materials and was unique. “This loss occurred when your son was in a closed area of the property and toppled a glass sculpture. Under common law in Kansas, you are responsible for the supervision of a minor child and your failure to monitor them during this loss could be considered negligent,” the letter said.

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The sculpture’s artist, Bill Lyons, told media the sculpture could not be repaired. “It’s beyond my capabilities and desires to rebuild it,” he said. “We’ve not had this situation… we’ve not had kids climb on our pieces,” city officials said. Goodman said she and her husband were out of frame of the surveillance camera, saying their goodbyes during a wedding reception that they were leaving, when the incident occurred. And about the facts:” It fell on him. It was not secure, it was not safe — at all.” “It’s clear accidents happen and this was an accident. I don’t want to diminish the value of their art. But I can’t pay for that.” Sarah Goodman said. She also commented no one from the city has asked whether her son was OK. An officer said he met with Goodman in the parking lot after incident and she said her child had injuries to his face and went through a traumatic experience.

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