- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The mother of an 11-year-old girl partially scalped when her hair got caught in the gears of a carnival ride is calling for stricter regulation of such rides.

Virginia Cooksey says her daughter remains in intensive care in an Omaha hospital, but is talking and drinking water. She says that while her daughter is improving, the girl will no doubt be traumatized by the incident and has already undergone several surgeries to repair her damaged scalp.

Cooksey said Friday that carnival rides should have seat belts and more maintenance.

The Nebraska Labor Department earlier this week found no indication that the spinning carnival ride was malfunctioning when the girl’s hair was caught, ripping her scalp.

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