Family Faces $177k Claim After Child Knocks Over Statue

A family could be on the hook for more than $170,000 after their child accidentally knocked over a valuable sculpture that was on display at a US community centre.

Surveillance showed the five-year-old hugging the mosaic sculpture at a community centre in Overland Park, Kansas, before it fell on him and tumbled to the floor.

The accident happened last month, but the family received a letter from an insurance company this week seeking damages for the artwork, which was reportedly valued at $US132,000 ($177,000).

The family was at the community centre for a wedding reception, and were reportedly saying goodbye to the father of the bride when the incident happened.

The insurance company said the family’s “failure to monitor [the child] during this loss could be considered negligent”, but Ms Goodman said the valuable sculpture should have been better protected.

Bill Lyons, the artist who created the sculpture, it could not be repaired.

A spokesman for Overland Park City said the city filed a claim with their insurance company, which then contacted the Goodman family.