Parents of Slain Boy Sue School District, PTA

The parents of a boy who was kidnaped and killed after being dropped off at a Northridge child-care center filed a claim for damages Tuesday against the Los Angeles Unified School District and the local PTA, alleging negligence.

Paul Bailly, 8, was kidnaped March 23, shortly after his mother left him at the school where he attended a "latchkey children" program operated by the 31st District PTA.

About five hours later, the boy's body was found in a field south of Simi Valley. He had been strangled and set afire. Ventura County sheriff's deputies arrested Gregory Scott Smith, 21, a child-care worker who had been fired from the PTA program.

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