DHS Settles With Family Of Child Killed By Falling Goal

Mar 8, 2013

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it's agreed to a settlement with the family of a 9-year-old who was killed when a soccer goal fell on him two years ago.

DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says the agency will pay $375,000 to the family of Jonathan Nelson in addition to making policy changes by June 1. The changes include reviewing rules for child care facilities, playgrounds and playground equipment and training or retraining staff in safety inspections.

A DHS director is also to meet with Jonathan's parents to discuss playground safety.

Jonathan was a fourth-grader at Elm Tree Elementary School in Bentonville when he was killed by the falling soccer goal.

His family filed a claim against DHS - which licensed an after-school program that operated at the school.