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$1.5M settlement reached with Scottsdale in child's death

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Posted at 6:48 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 09:48:42-04

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A $1.5 million settlement has been reached with the parents of a toddler who died after he was pinned in a Scottsdale fire-station door last year.

The Arizona Republic reports that the Scottsdale City Council approved the settlement at its Aug. 27 meeting.

Dan and Courtney Reiss filed a $9 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city and several other defendants last year.

The couple's 16-month-old son died in February 2018 after becoming trapped in a large bay door at a Scottsdale fire station and suffering severe head injuries.

According to the lawsuit, the bay door quickly and violently slammed shut on the child.

But a police report released in April 2018 concluded that the door didn't malfunction and there was no criminal intent in the boy's death.