Mother files wrongful death lawsuit over child's drowning at Comfort Inn

SANDUSKY The mother of a Fostoria boy who drowned in a pool at Comfort Inn has filed a wrongful deat
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The mother of a Fostoria boy who drowned in a pool at Comfort Inn has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hotel, according to Erie County Common Pleas Court records.

Tamica Schrader of Vickery filed the lawsuit Wednesday and requests a trial by jury and more than $25,000, court records state.

According to the police report, her son, Zechariah Schrader, 4, died Feb. 22 after he likely was left unsupervised for a short period of time while he was playing with his siblings in the pool.

Police said another swimmer found him at the bottom of the 4-foot section of the pool. A registered nurse and doctor were performing CPR on the boy when officers arrived, the report said.

Police said he was unconscious and had no pulse when they arrived. Schrader had left the children, including Zechariah, with their grandparents, the report said.

Eventually their grandmother left and told the children to go back to the hotel room. It was then they noticed Zechariah was missing, the report said.

Carmelo Ruta Inc. and Ruta Hotels Inc., both of Sandusky, also are named as defendants along with the Milan Road Hotel.

The defendants are responsible for the "management, safety, security and/or maintenance" of the property, including the pool, the lawsuit states.

In addition, the defendants acted "negligently, carelessly and/or recklessly" in failing to maintain a "reasonably safe condition" at the property, records state.

"A child was lost. That's what the tragedy is," said George Ruta, vice president of Carmelo Ruta Inc., declining further comment.

Schrader's attorney, Willard E. Bartel, of Cleveland, could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. A secretary said he had left the office for the day.