Family sues over death at Stillwater's Lake Lily - KMSP-TV

Family sues over death at Stillwater's Lake Lily

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STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) -

Stillwater's Lily Lake is now frozen and dusted with snow, but the nightmare of what happened here this summer still haunts people.

Jack Ariola Erenberg was a 9-year-old hockey fanatic who had gone swimming in Lily Lake last summer, and within days was dead from a rare brain infection caused by a dangerous amoeba that thrives in stagnant warm water.

Jack was the second such death connected to Lily Lake in two years.

"Love your kids, you know, whether they don't want the kisses or hugs or not, just do it anyways because you just don't know," Jack's father, Jim, told Fox 9 in August.

On Friday, Jim Ariola filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Stillwater, Stillwater's Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington County and the Department of Health.

In the 14-page document, Ariola's attorney argues none of the entities did enough to prevent the young boy's death.

In additional to financial damages, the lawsuit demands that the city post clear warning signs around the lake. The family would also like to see public service announcements created both for the public at large – and schools in particular.

Currently, the only signs posted at the beach say "Beach Closes, Do Not Swim," dated August 7, 2012 – just one day after Jack passed away.

There is no mention of the brain-eating amoeba.

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