Maryland Jury Awards $4 Million in Boy’s Drowning at Country Club

September 27, 2007

An jury in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County has awarded the parents of a five-year-old boy who drowned at Crofton Country Club last year more than $4 million in damages.

The jury found Hunt Valley-based DRD Pool Service, the club’s pool management company, negligent for failing to adequately train lifeguards and staff the pool.

Thomas Freed and Debra Neagle Webber, the parents of Connor Freed, say they are satisfied with the ruling. They say they are working to make safety requirements at public pools uniform to ensure their son’s death was not in vain.

The couple’s attorneys say they are considering appeals because state law caps jury awards in wrongful-death cases at $1.3 million and a motion seeking judgment for pain and suffering on Connor’s part was dismissed.


Information from: The (Baltimore) Sun,

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