BATON ROUGE - Parents are suing the city of Baton Rouge and the operator of a local arena claiming their child was severely hurt after falling down a set of stairs while attending a "Sesame Street Live" show.

Debora and Danfred Sayer Jr., filed suit individually and on behalf for their minor child, against the City of Baton Rouge and SMG in the 19th Judicial District Court on April 2.

According to court records, the plaintiffs attended the live performance of “Sesame Street Live” at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 21, 2015. While attending the show located at 320 Sumerulos Street in Baton Rouge, Debora Sayer states that she left her seat carrying her son on her hip to go to the restroom. The plaintiff asserts that as she descended a flight of stairs the lights turned off and she lost her balance and fell down causing severe damage to her and her son. At the time of the fall, Sayer's husband, Danfred Sayer Jr., was sitting in his seat, but responded immediately once he notice the plaintiff had fallen.

The defendants are accused of failing to maintain a safe facility for attendees, failing to warn attendees of a potentially dangerous condition and failing to properly illuminate walkways to prevent such accidents.

The plaintiffs claim they suffered numerous injuries and are seeking an unspecified amount in damages for physical pain, residual physical disability, medical expenses, loss of wages, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment.

Attorney Chad P. Guillot, of Marksville, represents the plaintiffs.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Janice Clark.

Case no. 638,296.

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