Mother claims Little Caesar's hot pizza sauce caused child's skin to fall off

Catherine Melancon Sep. 28, 2012, 7:43am

David A. Conachen

BATON ROUGE – The mother of a child allegedly burned by pizza sauce is suing.

Mary Williams, on behalf of her minor child, filed suit against Bayou Food Services, National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford and an unnamed employee in the 19th Judicial Court on Aug. 1.

Kimyatta Williams and plaintiff's child were customers at Little Caesar's Pizza located at 3158 Highland Rd. on Aug. 1, 2011. When the minor opened the lid of the sauce they purchased, he allegedly burned his hand from the extreme heat of the container, the suit states.

The plaintiff also alleges her son then dropped the open sauce onto his shorts, causing the skin on his leg to fall off immediately. The minor was allegedly diagnosed at an after-hours facility with second degree burns with surrounding cellulitis and a permanent scar.

Plaintiff alleges the manager at Little Caesar's informed her that she received notice to take the sauce out of the warmer because it was too hot, but failed to do so.

The defendant is accused of failing to inform the customer of a hazardous situation, failing to maintain a safe premise for its patrons and failing to take safety precautions.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought on behalf of the minor for physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional pain and permanent disfigurement. Mary Williams is suing for loss of love and affection, loss of society and companionship and loss of performance of material services.

The plaintiff is represented by David A. Conachen of The Law Offices of Ossie Brown.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge R. Michael Caldwell.

Case no. 614307.

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