Suit filed against carnival company after toddler's death

Published: Jan. 30, 2018 at 11:58 PM CST
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A court document from Clinton County, Mo. shows that in November, the parents of a 15-month-old girl who died from her injuries after being shocked last spring at a carnival in Wichita, are suing the company that ran the event.

Court records show that on Nov. 8, a wrongful-death lawsuit was filed on behalf of Shaun Bartonek and Rheannon Babcock against Evans United Shows, a canrival business based in Missouri.

In mid-May 2017, 15-month old Pressley Bartonek died from her injuries after she grabbed a fence surrounding a bounce house at an Evans United Shows carnival in west Wichita. The fence was electrically charged with 290 volts.

According to the autopsy report, Pressley had electrical-type burns on her left foot. The report also stated that blunt force injuries to Pressley included a laceration to her tongue, a purple contusion on her left shoulder and on her right lower back.

"In my opinion Pressley Bartonek died as a result of electrocution," the coroner wrote after the autopsy last May.