Anyah Raven Glossinger was found in a mineral pool, where she was attending hydrotherapy, at the Angel View Crippled Children’s Center in Desert Hot Spring in 2008. The little girl that also had autism and was legally blind died the next day.
Her father, Michael Glossinger, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in July 2008 against Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation, the Palm Springs Unified School District, three people who had worked with his daughter and United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, which operated the program.
Anyah, who was diagnosed with low-functioning autism, was in a special education kindergarten class at a Palm Springs Elementary School at the time of her death.
Even though she lived with her mother in Cathedral City, her father filed the lawsuit. He claimed that three people affiliated with United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire’s Little Bridge program knew Anyah was autistic and blind, yet did not give her a life-vest before she went into the pool.
She was left unsupervised and without a lifesaving vest and drowned. The Little Bridge program was shut down by the state Department of Social Services in March 2008.
The jury awarded the father $40,000 in damages for past loss of companionship and $360,000 for future loss of companionship.
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