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New Jersey Girl's Family Sues Wawa Over Hot Tea Spill

Video shows the child jumping and writhing in seeming pain

A New Jersey family is suing Wawa over burns they allege their 3-year-old daughter sustained when a cashier knocked over a cup of hot water at the checkout.

The federal suit, filed Monday, claims the store dispenses water at a "highly dangerous temperature."

David Mazie, an attorney for the family, released a video of the April 25 spill in Neptune, Monmouth County. It shows the clerk bagging the family's purchases, and accidentally knocking over a water bottle, which then hits and topples the cup of hot water.

The child can be seen jumping and writhing in seeming pain.

Mazie says the girl was taken to a hospital with second and third-degree burns.

"We are devastated about this unfortunate accident, and our hearts go out to the child and her family," Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said. "We can’t comment on the specifics of the lawsuit." 

The lawsuit seeks more than $150,000 in damages.

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