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.
According to Disney, the incident happened back in October of 2014.
Morgan said the family, who lives in Alabama, claims the snake escaped at the park and entered an area accessible by visitors.
A Disney spokeswoman confirmed to WKMG 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. According to Disney, she did not receive any medical treatment in the park.
Disney said the boy was treated by a park nurse and the family enjoyed the rest of their day at the park, according to WKMG.
Disney issued a statement saying, “these allegations are an utter mischaracterization of the facts.”