Forest officials want to kill the tree that killed a family of 4 in Ohio
An Ohio couple who say they were attacked by a tree while out walking their dog in the woods have filed a lawsuit claiming the animal killed their 4-year-old daughter.
The family said they were on a trail near a property owned by the owners of the home when the tree fell and crushed the 4-month-old, who was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.
They say the tree killed her father, his wife and their 2-year old daughter.
Their lawyer, Kevin Dickson, told FoxNews.com that the family was in the forest near a tree they said was a mature redwood, and that the tree was the size of a small house and weighed about 30 pounds.
He said the tree also crushed a piece of bark.
The couple filed the lawsuit Monday in Marion County, Ohio, against the owner of the property, John Boudreaux, and two men who live there.
The lawsuit claims the trees bark is “firm enough to cut through and even break through the bark of an oak tree.”
The lawsuit says Boudretaux has a long history of making complaints about trees.
He has complained that the bark on a tree in his yard has become too coarse and that it is too hard for him to carve his own wood.
The tree was also threatening neighbors who lived on the property.
The couple said they told the tree to leave the area and leave, but it never did.
The lawsuit also said the couple saw a video posted on YouTube that showed the tree and its two cousins, the “Mangroves,” on the other side of a tree that had been chopped down.