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Lawsuit claims day-care staffers recorded forced kids to fight, videotaped attacks

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Two mothers are suing a West Side nonprofit day-care facility for allegedly making their children fight each other and videotaping the attacks.

The suit claims two employees of Kidz Express, at 342 S. Laramie Ave., forced four children to fight and videotaped the brawl in October 2011. The children ranged from 5 to 7years old.

Douglas Lowe, executive director of Kidz Express, declined to comment on Thursday.

According to its website, Kidz Express operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The eight-count suit, filed by the mothers of all four children Wednesday in Cook County Circut Court, collectively accuses two employees, Lowe and Duane Ehresman, the president of Kidz Express, of battery, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, willful and wanton, intentional infliction of emotional distress and a violation of the Family Expenses Act.

The mothers are seeking an undisclosed sum in damages.



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