Minnesota club settles case of girl hurt by pool drain

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) -- A Minneapolis golf club says it has reached an $8 million settlement with the family of a 6-year-old girl who suffered fatal injuries in a swimming pool because of a drain's powerful suction.

Abigail Taylor died in March of injuries she suffered last summer when she sat on the drain of the club's wading pool. The powerful suction ripped out part of her intestinal tract.

Minneapolis Golf Club President Herb Houndt says in a statement Wednesday the amount exceeds the limits of the club's insurance, so the members had to vote to get a loan to pay the difference.

Houndt says the club and its members are glad to have reached the settlement for the sake of closure for both the club and Taylor's family.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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