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Toppenish Schools to Pay $6.9M Settlement for Fall

The Toppenish School District has agreed to pay $6.9 million to the family of an infant who fell through bleachers at a soccer game and suffered lifelong debilitating injuries.

The settlement was reached between the school district and the family of Sophia Sanchez, who in September 2007, fell through a 7 1/2 inch gap in the bleachers at Toppenish Middle School and landed on her head on the cement floor almost 13 feet below.

The baby was hospitalized for almost a month and underwent several surgeries.

The settlement will go into a trust fund for managing the girl's health needs.


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