The Girl Scouts of America organization is being ordered to pay nearly a half-million dollars after the death of a southwest Iowa girl. A Union County jury has sided with the family of a girl who drowned at a Girl Scout event at the Creston Y-M-C-A swimming pool. The family of eight-year-old Britteny Bronnenberg of Creston sued both the Girl Scouts and the Y-M-C-A but the “Y” reached a settlement before the case went to the jury. Peter Berger is the Des Moines lawyer who represented Fawn Miller, the mother of Britteny. Berger says jurors found the Girl Scouts “primarily responsible” for Britteny’s death and awarded her family 427-thousand dollars. The family claims the Y-M-C-A and the Girl Scouts ignored their responsibility for the safety of the children at the swimming pool. Berger says the Girl Scout leaders made several errors that cost a life. He says they relied to heavily on the Y-M-C-A, and he says the jury found the Y-M-C-A 40-percent responsible. Britteny didn’t know how to swim. The mother claims she was assured there would be lifeguards on duty and lifejackets used. The suit claimed only one lifeguard was there who did not adequately monitor the pool and that lifejackets were not provided. He says there should have been two lifeguards and he says the tragedy could have been avoided. The death happened during a Girl Scout “lock-down” at the “Y” in March of 2002.
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