- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A woman who was attacked by a man who broke into a safe house in western Wyoming two years ago is suing the group that runs it, alleging the security system was not activated and a door did not latch properly the night she was attacked.

Kristi Kemp, who now lives in Fargo, North Dakota, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court against the Sublette County Sexual Assault Family Violence Task Force, the Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1va4mB6) reported. It seeks $3.1 million in damages for medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and estimated loss of income.

The lawsuit alleges Kemp was staying at the safe house in Pinedale, Wyoming on Oct. 23, 2012, when an intruder entered the building and attacked her as she slept, causing numerous injuries including multiple skull fractures. While her 3-year-old daughter witnessed the attack no one else realized what happened until early the next afternoon, according to the suit.

Kemp’s lawsuit alleges the task force director knew the alarm system had been disabled out of concern that her young daughter would trigger it. It also alleges the director knew about the broken door latch.

The lawsuit argues that SAFV voluntarily offered to protect Kemp and therefore had a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect her.

Task force officials did not immediately return a phone call or email from The Associated Press seeking comment on Tuesday.

A Pinedale man, 37-year-old Brian James McDonald, is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the attack on Kemp as well as attacks on sleeping women in 2010 and 2014. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com


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