The Newport City Council agreed to pay medical expenses for an injured child during Monday night’s regularly scheduled council meeting.

Mayor David Stewart addressed the Council about the issue, sharing that a juvenile was hurt at Lockwood Park during a field trip on May 16. A letter written by the parents advised that the child fell from a piece of playground equipment and landed on an exposed root under the equipment. “It’s just as she said,” Stewart told the Council. “As soon as she came to the office and told me about it Johnny Long and I went to the location and saw it.” The mayor explained that Long had the root cut out and mulch placed over it.

As a result of the injury, the juvenile was taken to Unity Hospital in Newport and then transported via ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. CT scans and an MRI determined she had several fractured vertebrae in her back and was restricted from physical activity for six weeks before release.

After the parents’ insurance and school insurance paid, there was a remaining balance of $719.95 owed to Children’s Hospital and $50 owed to White River EMS. The Council agreed unanimously to pay the remaining balance.