The parents of Abigail Hayse, 6, and her brother, Bryce, 3, have filed a lawsuit in the Hillsborough Circuit Court against AgVenture Farm Shows and the Florida State Fair.
The lawsuit, the Tribune says, claims that the children caught a near-fatal strain of E. coli from petting animals at the Fair, and that Agventure and the Florida State Fair Authority failed to exercise reasonable care to protect Abigail and Bryce, avoid exposing them to E. coli and give adequate warnings about potential dangers.
26 people contracted E. coli from Agventure petting zoos at the Central Florida Fair in Orlando, the Strawberry Festival in Plant City and the State Fair in Tampa.
The Hayses’ lawsuit requests damages in excess of $15,000. Thus far, the children’s medical bills have cost about $25,000.