POINT PLEASANT—A Mason County father is suing a school jurisdiction on behalf of his minor child, alleging several counts of negligence when his daughter sustained an injury on her school’s playground.

Jesse Jones filed a lawsuit individually and as next friend of Riley Jones in Putnam Circuit Court  against the Mason County Board of Education and two unknown defendants, alleging breach of duty in a 2013 schoolyard injury.

According to the complaint, on May 22, 2013, Riley Jones tripped and fell over an exposed metal post in the outdoor play area during regular school hours at Point Pleasant Intermediate School, breaking her arm and wrist. The suit says the post created an unsafe condition for students on the playground and the child’s injury was the direct and proximate result of the defendant’s failure to inspect, maintain, and repair a known dangerous condition.

The lawsuit also lists two unknown defendants as John/Jane Doe No. 1 and No. 2 as the parties responsible for installing the post in a negligent manner. The complaint states Riley suffered pain, distress, emotional damages, missed opportunities, and financial costs.

Jesse Jones seeks compensatory and exemplary or punitive damages, attorney fees and court costs. He is

represented by attorney Michael Eachus of Eachus & Finley in Gallipolis, Ohio. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Thomas C. Evans III.

Putnam Circuit Court case number 15-C-72.

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