The verdict in favor of Robert and Peggy Ward was reached Tuesday, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.
Elizabeth Ward was a kindergarten student at Walter Schneckenburger Elementary School in Jefferson Parish when she died. The little girl had a heart condition, brain injuries and occasional seizures as a result of premature birth and was able to speak only a few words.
She became unconscious while napping in a Rifton chair, strapped in with a waist belt. The parents' lawsuit says the chair, designed for physical rehab and activity, was being misused.
Kelly Services became part of the lawsuit because the agency had a contract with the Jefferson Parish School District to supply substitute teachers, including one in the classroom when Elizabeth died. The jury found the agency 60 percent liable and the district 40 percent.
Defense attorneys argued Elizabeth likely died instantly as a result of her heart condition, and nothing the teachers or school did hastened or could have prevented her death.
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