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Portland Mother Seeks $7.6M in Choking Death Lawsuit

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PORTLAND, OR. - The mother of a girl who died after choking on a meatball at her preschool is seeking $7.6 million in a lawsuit against the school and its owner.

The lawsuit says Growing with Pride Preschool and Child Care and its owner, Lorinda Rule, were negligent in the January death of Zoey Frontella.

The complaint says the girl, who was 3 years old, choked while eating lunch and died from respiratory and cardiac arrest the next day.

Anne Frontella accuses the school of failing to provide adequate observation during lunch, failing to prepare food items safe for the girl's age and failing to perform "any or adequate" measures to revive her.