Ms Sarah Goodman, the mother of 5-year-old Troy, the boy who became ‘internet-famous’ after he could be seen breaking a $132K sculpture while being left unattended in a Kansas community centre, appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ programme.
Her case was widely discussed on social media, with many commenters explaining that she was ultimately responsible for leaving her child unattended.
However, Ms Goodman, unsurprisingly, did not agree. In a clearly prepared statement, she explained that: “As his mother and as my husband as his father, I know we're ultimately responsible for damages that our children cause.”
“If my child intentionally defaced property we would absolutely figure out a way to put ourselves out there to be responsible and pay for the damages to make sure the lesson was reinforced without any question.”
“In this particular situation our five-year-old was just being a little kid and there was no malice or intention to damage any property.”
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British presenter Philip Schofield, seeing that Ms Goodman was reading off a script stated: “You are from a statement there, I can see your lawyers have gotten involved there.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">She should sue the he!! out of these people for endangering her child's life, that thing could have killed him. Family faces $177k claim after child knocks over statue at Kansas community centre <a href="https://t.co/srRksXB5XN">https://t.co/srRksXB5XN</a></p>— John Nestler 🇺🇸 (@Skorkpup) <a href="https://twitter.com/Skorkpup/status/1008477155918000128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 17, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Ms Goodman refused to admit she was being helped though and continued to clarify that her son Troy was only playing when he knocked over a sculpture called Aphrodite di Kansas City, at the time on display at Overland Park community center in Kansas City, Kansas.
The event has stirred quite some commotion on parent community forums, with most blaming Ms Goodman whilst some also stating the museum should have secured its pieces better.
Lastly, Ms Goodman explained that she was saying goodbye to the bride's father when her son wandered off towards the statue.