By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected]
On Nov.18, Rydricka Rosier posted a video of her family celebrating her daughter, Zynae Green’s, seventh birthday in a hospital room rather than home, after she was electrocuted at the MGM National Harbor in June.
“Today is my baby’s birthday. Thanks to everyone for celebrating but it breaks my heart that she is here and not at home. Five months since MGM did this to our family and still no help from them,” she wrote.
Green was not the only one electrocuted as her 5-year-old brother, 16-year-old sister, Rosier and a security guard were shocked. Rosier and the security guard were electrocuted assisting the children.
Frustrated with the financial, physical and emotional tolls following the electrocution, the family is now suing MGM, according to NBC.
The lawsuit names four defendants, including MGM National Harbor; National Harbor Grand; Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, a general contractor hired for by MGM and Rosendin Electric, hired by Whiting-Turner as the electrical contractor.
According to the lawsuit the hotel and casino encouraged the contractors to finish the work quickly, thus resulting in the unsafe and incorrect installation of wires.
NBC reported that previous MGM footage showed others getting shocked in the days leading to the 120-volt electrocution of Green, who was 6 years old at the time.
Director of the Prince George’s Department of Inspections, Haitham Hijazi, told NBC4 that poor craftsmanship and inspections led to the tragic event that left Green permanently brain damaged.
“It’s shoddy work done by that contractor and a failure by the third-party inspector,” Hijazi told NBC4 News.
Further, when the 6-year-old went into cardiac arrest, the lawsuit alleges that there was no defibrillator onsite to immediately assist the little girl, according to the New York Post.
The AFRO reached out to Rosier for comment, but did not hear from her by deadline.
In the caption for the video she posted, Rosier wrote, “Our Zy Zy is a fighter but she needs help. Please continue to pray and share this video. We love you all.”