ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The father of the toddler who was found at the bottom of a pool last month has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Motel 6 in Lufkin.
The lawsuit alleges that the girl "gained access to the pool in the courtyard of the motel, fell in and drowned." It cites witnesses who said the lock on the pool was broken at the time of the incident.
"In a commercial setting like this, the industry standard is that you would have a fence that would be at least 48 inches tall, that would have some type of mechanisms on the gate to prevent this exact type of incident," said Michael Pierce, one of the attorney's named on the lawsuit.
Pierce said under Texas law, the fault falls on the business owner to conduct and maintain proper inspections and training to ensure appropriate pool security.
The G6 Hospitality issued this response.
"G6 Hospitality is aware of a lawsuit involving the property in Lufkin, Tex. We are deeply saddened by this tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers go out to those that were impacted. We do not believe it would be appropriate to discuss a pending litigation at this time."