A manufacturing company that settled a civil lawsuit with an Ottawa County woman after her 9-year-old daughter died after falling off their playground equipment has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Minnesota.
Xccent Inc., filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 13, court records show. Bankruptcy documents show the company owes over $1.03 million to 20 creditors.
The company, along with Noah's Parks and Playground and the Wyandotte School District settled a civil lawsuit on Oct. 15, 2013 for an undisclosed amount of money with the family of Alyssa Avila.
The fourth-grader died Aug. 19, 2010 after falling from an X-Wave at the Wyandotte Elementary School playground.
Xccent manufactured the X-Wave and Noah's Parks and Playgrounds, an Edmond-based company, sold it to the school. The x-wave resembles a teeter-totter.
Alyssa fell from a section of the X-Wave that was in the air; when she stood up to get back on, she was hit in the head as that section was coming down, her family said in 2010. She was taken from the school in full cardiac arrest and died at a Miami hospital.
An autopsy showed the child’s death likely was a severe concussion.
The equipment has since been removed from the school's property.
After Alyssa's death, at least six other Oklahoma school districts — Moore, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Putnam City, Deer Creek and Norman — either removed the playground equipment or kept children off it.