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A child at Disney World was attacked by a drunk teen, suit says. The case was just settled

Kent Phillips, photographer

When a Kansas City mother took her 11-year-old daughter to Epcot at Disney World in Florida three years ago, she didn’t expect her to be attacked by a drunken teenager.

Melissa Weber filed lawsuit in Orange County Circuit Court against Walt Disney World in 2018 over the attack. She wanted more than $15,000 in damages.

The suit was settled for an unknown amount earlier this month.

In the lawsuit, Weber accused Disney of knowingly selling the teenager alcohol that led to Weber’s daughter experiencing emotional distress.

In January 2017, Weber’s daughter “suffered severe injuries after being physically attacked and beaten” by the teenager, the lawsuit said. The daughter experienced PTSD and depression after the attack.

According to a Orange County Sheriff’s Office report, the teenager, who was 17 at the time, had been drunk with two of her friends while at Epcot.

The 17-year-old, who was wearing Minnie Mouse ears at the time, had thrown the 11-year-old into a trash can while puling on her hair, the report said. She also punched and slapped her several times in the face.

The teenager also attacked another group of Disney-goers, who she told police called her the n-word..

Weber’s attorney, Robert Horst, and Walt Disney World did not respond to requests for comment.

A previous version of this article did not make clear the age of the victim in the lawsuit. She was 11 at the time, according to a deputy’s report with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Miami Herald Real Time Reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, Florida theme parks and general assignment. He attends the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks are on his mind in and out of the office.
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