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Fatal accidents are always troubling and hard for family and friends to recover from, but for parents of children who die while in someone else's care, there's an extra emotional burden: the feeling that if more care and attention had been taken with their child, the accident might have been prevented. These feelings can sometimes lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

The parents of a 3-year-old California boy who choked to death on a pushpin have filed such a suit against his Montessori preschool. It alleges negligence on the part of the company that owns the school. After the boy died in August, the parents held a news conference at which they said the school wasn't at fault for the accident. But after a state investigation found care and supervision problems that may have contributed to the boy's death, his parents decided to pull their daughter from the school and file a lawsuit, according the couple's attorney.

The boy was at school one day in August when a teacher heard him making gasping sounds and saw him holding his throat. Other teachers rushed in to help and called 911, but he died a short time later at a hospital. According to an autopsy report, a pushpin was found in one of the main passageways into his lungs. His death was ruled accidental asphyxiation due to airway obstruction.

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