Family of baby killed by tree considers lawsuit

July 1, 2010 6:40:35 PM PDT
The parents of a baby girl killed by a falling tree branch in New York's Central Park want their lawyer to get a look at the deadly limb.

Michael Ricciutti and Karla Del Gallo asked a Manhattan court Thursday to order the broken branch preserved for their lawyers to examine, as a precursor to a potential lawsuit.

Six-month-old Gianna Ricciutti died after the branch fell on her and Del Gallo near the Central Park Zoo entrance Saturday. Del Gallo suffered a head injury.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the branch appeared healthy.

City lawyers call the incident a tragedy. A zoo spokeswoman says officials there are thinking of the family and declined to comment further.

A message left with the Central Park Conservancy wasn't immediately returned. The nonprofit group helps maintain the park.