By Mike Hellgren

WESTMINSTER, Md. (WJZ)—Should Carroll County be held responsible for the death of a 9-year-old? His family is suing the county after a tree crushed the little boy while he was at a county-run campsite. 

Mike Hellgren spoke to his family. 

Katherine Asid is still shaken almost two years since a tree crushed her only son — 9-year-old Noah — to death as he was attending a camp at Hashawha Environmental Center run by Carroll County. 

His family is suing the county for $12 million–saying the massive tree was already dead and should have been cut down, and that counselors took children outside during high winds when they should have been kept indoors. 

“He was the light of my life,” Asid said. “He was the light of everybody’s life who knew him.  We’re just devastated.”

“We hope to prevent other children from being harmed–God forbid—killed at the same nature camp,” said Jack Lebowitz, Asid family’s attorney. 

The county attorney told WJZ he has not seen the lawsuit and can’t comment on it. 

The death was painful enough for the family, but they say the response from the county made it worse. They sent Noah’s mom a refund of the $120 she paid for the camp. 

Asid says she got no apology. Instead, she says she received a letter with the refund saying the event did not go as planned and inviting her to attend a Maple Sugar Festival. 

“The treatment of Kathy is just unforgivable,” said Shirley Asid, Noah’s grandmother.

“It was horrible,” Katherine Asid said. “I couldn’t believe that they sent me that.” 

Noah’s family is demanding accountability, but they’ll never get back the one thing they really want:  him. 

“You wake up every day, and my only child is gone,” Katherine Asid said.  

The county will have a month to formally file an answer to the lawsuit.

Comments (40)
  1. Doug says:

    It is obvious they enjoy camping, and other outdoor activities. If you have a similar liking for these things, you’ll know it is addictive. If you quit doing it, memories draw you back, good memories.
    As far as i’ve ever known, camping has its dangers. From campfires, Coleman lamps and stoves, animals, and many others.
    People these days are so vindictive,not to say the pain of the loss is anything but horrific.
    Such a large settlement would prevent some from camping, parents and children. If it didn’t close the place altogether it would be amazing.
    Taxes and other increases would hit the area.
    It use to be these things happen, go through mourning, and enjoy even more those you like and love
    Even if they get the money, the IRS will be right at their door and many, many more not-so-good things will show up.

  2. willie joe says:

    What a bunch of hyprocrites on this thread. Ya’all can SMD Turdlets.

  3. Kristie says:

    This is incredibly sad and I would never want to be in this situation to need to put blame on someone for my child’s death. Value? Punishment? Fault? Not one of these will really help the parents- ever. Now, that said, if a tree has been worked on and then falls, well I can see fault -leaving a dead tree half worked on, but just a tree that was dead and fell, that does not seem to me to be a blameable event. Taking kids out in higher wind gusts? 38 mpg high gusts does not seem wrong either, but I was not there to know if I would have. I think this really was an accident, a very sad, very tragic accident. The refund? What an awkward place to be, the family would be infuriated if no refund was offered. Better words should have been chosen but I imagine no one knew what to do or say. Lawyers always tell clients – do NOT apologize or accept fault. This needs to change so people can say they are sorry without that meaning they accept guilt. Everyone involved I am sure feels remorse and guilt and would apologizre profusely if that did not make them guilty just for speaking. Well, I am sorry when any child dies.It just is a wrong we can not fix. rip..

  4. letstellthetruth says:

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE OR MORONS/IDIOTS THAT ARE BLAMING GOD BECAUSE HE MADE THE TREES GROW THE HELL UP AND GET REAL GOD ALSO MADE MAN AND WOMEN TO TAKE CARE OF THE THINGS HE PUT ON THIS EARTH,THE CAMP IS TO BLAME THE TREE THAT KILLED THE POOR LITTLE BOY THAT WAS IN THE SAME MATH CLASS AS MY DAUGHTER WAS ON THE PROPERTY OF THE CAMP ALL TREES SHOULD BE INSPECTED BY CAMP EMPLOYESS ON A REGUALR BASIS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT DEAD AND ARE STANDING STRONG,THIS POOR MOTHER TRUSTED HER LITTLE BOY WITH CAMP EMPLOYESS AND PAID THE FEE SO THAT HE COULD GO AND HAVE A GOOD TIME,INSTEAD BECASUE OF SOME LAZY CAMP EMPLOYEE/EMPLOYESS THAT DID NOT TAKE THE TIME TO HAVE THE DEAD TREE CUT DOWN THERE IS NOW A DEAD CHILD AND THEN THE CAMP HAD THE NERVE TO REFUND HER MONEY WITH NO APOLOGY,YES THE BOY THAT DIED NOAH WAS IN MY DAUGHTERS MATH CLASS I DID NOT KNOW HIM OR HIS FAMILY AND TO THIS DAY I HAVE NEVER MET HIS FAMILY,HOWEVER I STAND BEHIND THEM IN THEIR LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CAMP I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE FAMILY WINS IN COURT AND SHUTS DOWN THE CAMP THEY DO NOT DESERVE TO BE OPEN AND JUST YESTERDAY MY DAUGHTER BROUGHT HOME A FORM TO ATTEND THE CAMP IN FEBRUARY WITH HER SCHOOL WELL THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL ME FIRST BEFORE MY DAUGHTER WILL EVER TAKE A STEP ON THEIR CAMP GROUNDS AS WELL AS STANDING BEHIND NOAHS FAMILY I HAVE ALREADY CONTACTED CARROLL COUNTY SCHOOLS I AM WAITING FOR THEM TO CALL ME BACK IN HONOR OF NOAH THE SCHOOL NEEDS TO FIND ANOTHER CAMP TO TAKE THESE KIDS TO THAT IS SAFE SO FAR I HAVE 121 PARENTS STANDING BEHIND ME ON HAVING THE SCHOOL FIND ANOTHER CAMP TO TAKE THE KIDS TO THIS YEAR,MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH NOAHS FAMILY NOW AND ALWAYS

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