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'Haunted house' sued in Halloween death

Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

ST. LOUIS, Miss., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Artificial fog and scents pumped into a St. Louis haunted house attraction led to the death of an asthmatic teenager, her father alleges in a lawsuit.

Brittney Holmes, 15, visited The Darkness on Halloween 2009 and died on Nov. 12, 2010, after spending a year in a vegetative state, Samuel Wendt, attorney for the father, said.

Brittney's father, Durand Tyler of Anchorage, Alaska, filed suit Tuesday in St. Louis Circuit Court against attraction operator Halloween Productions Inc., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Brittney had suffered from asthma since age 4, documents in the personal injury suit said.

The haunted house had posted several warning signs that people with respiratory problems should not go inside, the documents show.

Tyler said his daughter suffered breathing problems on the way home from the visit, and that by the time she reached a hospital, her brain had been deprived of oxygen for at least 7 minutes.

Larry Kirchner, president of Halloween Productions, would not comment on the suit Wednesday, the Post-Dispatch said.

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