Yogi on the Lake

A family has sued after their son contracted E. Coli at a Jellystone Park. Credit: WLBT

The family of a four-year-old Pike County, Ala., boy hospitalized since early August because of E. coli contamination has filed a federal lawsuit against a Mississippi campground, according to News 4.

Scott and Blakely Jordan, who live in Banks, filed the suit on behalf of their son against a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Pelahatchie, Miss., and Great Escapes Pelahatchie, the park’s parent company, on Tuesday. The boy in that lawsuit is identified only by his initials “B.H.J”.

Dothan Attorney T.J. Haywood said his nephew became sick while on vacation with his parents and older sister the first week of August.

The Jordan’s immediately returned home to Alabama and sought treatment for their son. After two misdiagnoses, Birmingham physicians determined he has E. coli, a strain of bacteria that thrives in the intestines.

The lawsuit filed by Haywood and Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm, claims the Jellystone park failed to properly maintain its swimming pool and splash pad. It seeks unspecified damages.

“The Mississippi Department of Health has identified several cases of E. coli in infections associated with the swimming pool and splash pad,” the lawsuit alleges.

Several children became sick after visiting the park in late July and early August. The Jordans are the third lawsuit filed.

Jellystone Park has not responded to the lawsuits but, after the children got sick, issued a statement that is cooperating with state investigators.

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