Pittsburgh lawsuit alleges assault of child after basketball mishap

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 10, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A minor child through his parent are suing The Kingsley Association, Anthony Portis Jr. and Anthony Portis Sr., citing alleged assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

I.C., through his parent and natural guardian K.E., filed a complaint on Nov. 27 in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against the defendants, alleging they breached their duty of good faith and fair dealings.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on March 21, 2017, I.C., a minor child, suffered serious medical injuries, including broken orbital bone in his right eye, lacerations to his face and arms, pain and suffering and other injuries as a result of the brutal attack he suffered from defendants Portis Sr., Portis Jr. and John Doe as retaliation for accusing plaintiff of intentionally hitting a child relative with a ball.

In fact, plaintiff was actually teaching the child to shoot the ball so that it bounced from plaintiff's raised hand and accidentally deflected into the child's face, the suit says. Additionally, Kingsley staff refused to intercede or call the police to mediate despite the altercation happening within its premises at 6435 Frankstown Ave. in Pittsburgh. 

The plaintiffs hold The Kingsley Association, Anthony Portis Jr., Anthony Portis Sr., and John Doe responsible because the defendants allegedly refused to apply reasonable care to protects its invitees from all foreseeable harm, failed to adequately operate, manage and maintain its premises, failed to provide experienced and competent security on its premises, and threatened minor plaintiff to the point that he feared for his physical safety.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants for compensatory and punitive damages, costs of action, and all other relief. They are represented by Todd Hollis of Todd J. Hollis Law in Pittsburgh.

The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-C-15341.

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