Michigan Family Sues Target, Claiming Daughter Was Stabbed By Needle In Fitting Room

The girl was crying and holding the needle, which was dripping liquid, in the fitting room when her stepmother walked in.

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February 27, 2020 - 10:39 pm

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WYOMING, Mich. (WWJ) -- A West Michigan family is suing Target because they say their daughter was poked and stabbed by a hypodermic needle while trying on pants last summer. 

Timothy Fare, the father of the young girl, says the incident happened in June 2019 at the Target on Clyde Park Avenue when his daughter, who was 12 years old at the time, was trying on jeans in the fitting room, according to multiple reports.

When she reached in the pocket, the needle poked her hand. The needle also stabbed and scratched her leg, the lawsuit claims. The girl was crying and holding the needle, which was dripping liquid, in the fitting room when her stepmother walked in, according to MLive.

The girls parents immediately took her to a hospital to be tested following the incident.

The Fare family is seeking $2 million for the injuries to her right hand and right leg. They also allege in the lawsuit that she she suffered severe emotional distress and has since developed paranoia and trypanophobia, an extreme fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles, according to reports.

Initially, the family did not intend to sue the national retailer, but a "lack of response from Target" led them to seek legal advice. 

In a response issued Thursday by Target, the company refutes the allegations, saying, “Any alleged damages sustained by the plaintiff were proximately caused, totally or in part, by plaintiff’s negligence and/or willful acts."

The case was initially filed in Kent County Circuit Court, but per a request from Target, it has been moved to U.S. District Court and the company has asked for a jury trial.