Pictures, Interviews Released In Severed Feet Case

Pictures of a cable that severed 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lassiter's feet as she rode the Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom have been released to the public.

Our sister station, WLKY in Louisville, obtained the exclusive photos.

In some photos, you can see a piece of Kaitlyn's shoelace entwined in the frayed metal.

Her family released these pictures because they believe the images and information about the park's alleged handling of the cable are vital to the community.

The Lassiters are suing Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom for negligence.

This week, the family also made public a 285 page deposition from the Park's ride maintenance supervisor, John Schmidt. He testified his crews visually inspected the rides cables twice a week.

Instructions from the ride's manufacturer say technicians should physically run a rag up & down the cables to check for frayed wires.

When asked, Schmidt testified there was, "no convenient way of doing that."

The Lassiter Family also publicized the results of an independent lab study of the snapped cable. The report says it appeared rusted, cracked and lacked lubrication where the cable had fractured.

In the deposition, John Schmidt testified his team regularly used corn starch to keep cables from slipping. When attorneys asked Schmidt if he needed special permission to make this change, he said said he didn't, that it was an idea from another theme park.

In a statement released to 27 NEWSFIRST, the Lassiters defended their decision to release this information saying, "had we known as parents what we have witnessed now, we certainly would have not allowed our child to go to this park. We only want everyone to understand our goal is to open the eyes of a community that has been so loving and generous to us."

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  • by Jenaiya Location: Atlanta,GA on Apr 28, 2008 at 03:36 PM
    Unfortunately,I just heard of this story. After ready it on I became addicted to the story and wantd to research everything about it, because it touched me just that much! Kaitlyn sweetie my heart goes out to you and your family. Everytime I read a quote from you mad me cry. Especially the one stating to your parents "I have no feet but I have eyes to see you and dad." Man, thats amazing to hear coming from a child. From one young lady to another, those people making fun of you pay that no attention because you know what? They are going to make fun of you rather or not you have feet,legs,arms,no nose, or your perfectly fine. Sad to say in this day in age thats what cruel people do. You can still be a model baby, you can do whatever you put your mind to!!! Believe it and believe that the Lord will make it come to pass and it will. You continue to keep God first and thank him for your beautiful life dailey. Godbless you and your family and stay strong sweetheart!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2008 at 09:17 PM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2008 at 11:15 PM
    First off my thoughts and prayers are with that little girl and her family! You will be surprised what you see on there!!!
  • by Leah Gentry Location: Williamsburg KY on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:39 AM
  • by mom from ky Location: ky on Apr 17, 2008 at 02:47 AM
    this girl has been in my thoughts daily.since it first happened and i heard about it.god bless her and shes always in my prayers for god to take care of her.and he will he knows what we need before we even ask.god be with all the family.
  • by A Thankful Mother Location: Southeastern, KY on Apr 16, 2008 at 01:02 PM
    I do not know the girl or her family; however, I thank them for sharing their tragic event with others. Personally, I will not allow my children to visit assume parks again. Of course, before this unfortunate event I was reluctant to let them go. Maybe this was a once in a million accident--but if it's not and it is one of a two in a million--I don't want my child to be number 2 in the statistics. Once again I thank them for being will to educate the public--who knows--maybe they saved my child from an accident or even death.
  • by a mom Location: KY on Apr 16, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    I know a friend of this girl and her family; this girl's life will never be the same. These amusement parks are only out to make money, and do not care about the lives of their paying customers. What is even more awful are the pitiful excuses for people (students, classmates) who made fun of Kaitlyn after this accident. There is so much evil in this world......this young lady is lucky to have a family who loves her so much. No one can take that from her. They are not out for money, just to educate people.


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