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Family threatens lawsuit after snake bite at Disney World leads to grandmother’s death

Posted at 4:02 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 18:08:41-05

ORLANDO, Fla. — A family is threatening to sue Walt Disney World after a snake fell from a tree at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and bit a boy, which the family claims ultimately caused the death of the boy’s grandmother.

Matt Morgan, the family’s attorney, held a news conference on Thursday and announced he will file a formal lawsuit against Disney for the injuries sustained by the boy and the wrongful death of the woman.

Morgan said the family, who lives in Alabama, claims that the snake escaped at the park and entered an area accessible by park visitors.

A Disney spokeswoman confirmed to WKMG that the boy was bitten by a snake at the park, but she said the nonvenomous snake was wild and not part of the park’s animal collection.

The family claims the boy’s grandmother, who witnessed the incident, went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later.

Disney issued a statement saying, “these allegations are an utter mischaracterization of the facts.”

In fact, the company said the woman did not receive any medical treatment at the park and died two days after the incident at the park.