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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Four-year-old Jordan Centrell Woolridge was playing in a creek on property owned by East Texas Baptist University with his sister and her friend when he drowned. Jordan’s mother, Lawanda Woolridge, sued ETBU, saying the creek on the property was an attractive nuisance; alternatively, she argued that development by an adjoining property owner had created a dangerous condition at the creek. ETBU stated in its summary judgment evidence that it had never altered the property and that the property remained in the state it was in when the school first purchased it. The trial court granted summary judgment for ETBU, finding the creek was not an attractive nuisance. HOLDING:Affirmed. The court points out that the attractive nuisance doctrine does not apply to natural conditions, only to artificially created and maintained conditions. The court agrees that the creek was a naturally occurring condition, and that ETBU did not do anything to create or modify the creek. Similarly, ETBU does not have control over the residential and commercial development around its property and thus cannot be liable under the attractive nuisance doctrine for this reason. Because there was no attractive nuisance, any knowledge by ETBU of the creek’s dangerousness or of children playing around the creek is irrelevant. OPINION:Josh R. Morriss III, C.J.; Morriss, C.J., Ross and Carter, JJ.

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