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Mom Of Seriously Injured Peabody Little Leaguer Sues Over Helmets

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File Photo of a Little League field (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

File Photo of a Little League field (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — The mother of a Peabody boy who suffered severe injuries when he was struck in the head by a baseball during a Little League practice in 2007 has filed suit against the organization, two officers and a coach.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Salem Superior Court accuses Peabody American Little League officials of gross negligence for ignoring the rule that requires players to wear helmets.

The Salem News reports that then 12-year-old Brandon Welch was taking part in a base-running drill in 2007 when he was struck by a ball thrown by another player.

He suffered bleeding and bruising in his brain and still suffers problems, according to the suit.

The suit seeks damages and $25,000 in reimbursement for medical bills.

Little League officials says they cannot comment on pending litigation.

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