Lawsuit Alleges Child was Seriously Hurt at Home Owned by County Trustee
7 Eyewitness News Staff
JACKSON, Tenn. - A lawsuit filed this week alleges that a child was seriously injured at a rental property owned by Madison County Trustee John Newman and a company he formerly owned.
According to court documents, the family who filed the lawsuit moved into the home in the 500 block of East Baltimore in August 2011. The home was reportedly owned by Newbar, LLC, a company that John Newman is alleged to have owned before it was dissolved.
In October 2011, the lawsuit claims that representatives from Jackson Energy Authority marked the floor furnace in the home as out of code and "red tagged" it.
The plaintiffs claim that despite the notices from JEA and physical tagging of the unit, the furnace was turned on. The residents thought it had been fixed, but it had not been repaired.
A one-year-old child reportedly touched the covering of the furnace and was severely burned. Pictures were attached as evidence in the filing which showed the child's foot blistered and melted. The injuries were described in the lawsuit as severe and debilitating.
John Newman's is represented by Jackson attorney Steve Maroney. Maroney said his client denies the allegations in the lawsuit and plans to file an answer to the claims in Madison County Circuit Court soon.
The family who filed the suit is represented by Jackson attorney Bradley Owens.