Lawsuit filed in relation to death of Amarah Filizetti

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 4:11 PM EDT
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A lawsuit has been filed in the death of Amarah Filizetti.

The family of the four-year-old girl who died September 4 last year after an accident that occurred while she was playing in the Gwinn High School Gymnasium is suing the Gwinn School System for negligence according to the Marquette County Clerk's Office.

Amarah was playing with her two other twin sisters when a safety partition weighing about 325 pounds fell on her.

She died of her injuries later that day.

We did reach out and talk with Gwinn School Superintendent Tom Jayne who says the case is being handled by Pete Ryan Law Offices out of Iron Mountain. The school was served with the case last Friday and has full intentions to comply with all requests.

"We have full respect for what the family has to do," said Jayne. "We are regretful of the incident and hope to find justice for Amarah and her family. I hope we find resolution for all parties involved."

No court date has been set at this time.

TV6 has also reached out to the family, and talked with their attorney Paul Janes with Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman LLP out of Grand Rapids.

"It's a tragedy is what it was. We can't get Amarah back but this is about getting the compensation for the Filizetti family," said Janes. "It was a system wide failure. The school knew about the dangers of the wall and it should have never been there."

We will bring you more details as the case proceeds.