Group of children who allegedly destroyed home sued along with their parents

Kyle Barnett Oct. 23, 2012, 4:41pm

GRETNA – A group of of children are being sued for allegedly entering and damaging an unoccupied Kenner home.

Richard and Karen Cooper filed suit against Ray T. Peyton, Florence Peyton, Ray Peyton, Dawn Cortes, Kiersten Cortes, Donna Fury, Matthew Guidry, Mr. and Mrs. M. Kelly, Stephen Kelly, Dennis Merz, Devin Merz, Paul G. Schott and Stacey Schott in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 27.

The Coopers claim that the defendants are liable for $90,000 in damage to their home located at 5 Oakland Drive in Kenner. The plaintiffs allege the defendants entered the home and proceeded to demolish and destroy its interior. The Coopers assert that their realtor Tom Heaney personally caught the children in the property. The plaintiffs claim a letter was sent to them as well their attorney and the police chief of Kenner containing an admission that the children were at fault for the damage.

The defendants are accused of malicious destruction of property, trespass, failing to ascertain ownership, failing to supervise children and failing to determine the fitness of others allowed to supervise the children.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for expenses incurred on behalf of their home, economic loss by not being able to market and sell the property and severe emotional distress as a result of the trespass and vandalism.

The Coopers are represented by Keith R. Credo of Pat M. Franz & Associates, LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Patrick J. McCabe.

Case no. 718-640.

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