Parents sue Dreambaby safety catches after toddler accesses knives in drawer, injures eye

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 3, 2019

BECKLEY – An Oceana couple is suing the maker of Dreambaby child safety products over allegations their minor child was able to overpower a safety catch, access knives inside a drawer and injure her eye with a knife.

Matthew Justice and Tonya Justice, individually and as parents, guardians and next friends of T.J., a minor, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against Tee-Zed Products LLC and Lowe's Home Centers LLC alleging strict product liability, breach of warranty and negligence.

The suit states the plaintiffs purchased Dreambaby safety catches, manufactured by Tee-Zee from Lowes in March 2014 after T.J. was born and installed the safety catch on a cutlery drawer in their home.

The suit states on Dec. 8, 2017, T.J., who was 3, defeated the safety catch and accessed the drawer. The suit states the child found a chef's knife and injured her right eye. The plaintiffs allege there remains a high probability that T.J.'s vision in that eye will be permanently impaired.

The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. They are represented by L. Lee Javins II and Taylor M. Norman of Bailey, Javins & Carter LC in Charleston.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number 5:19-CV-00320

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