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Father sues city, county, in NY minivan drowning of mom, three children

Angela Gilliam, left, aunt of Lashanda Armstrong, and three unidentified women, place balloons, stuffed animals and candles near the boat ramp Wednesday, April 13, 2011 where Armstrong drove her car into the river in Newburgh, N.Y. Armstrong, who had just been involved in a domestic dispute, loaded her four children into a minivan Tuesday night and drove into the Hudson River, police said. Lashaun Armstrong, 10, escaped from the car and swam to shore, but his mother and three of his siblings were killed. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Lashandra Armstrong of Orange County, N.Y. died with three of her children by driving her minivan into the Hudson River on April 12, 2011
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(CBS/AP) NEWBURGH, N.Y. - The father of three children who drowned in upstate New York when their mother drove her minivan into the Hudson River is suing a city and county for $40 million each.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown Reports Jean Pierre has filed a notice of claim alleging the city of Newburgh permitted a dangerous condition at its waterfront boat ramp that allowed LaShanda Armstrong to drive her van into the river on the night of April 12.

Armstrong and three of her four children drowned. Her 10-year-old son escaped through a window and swam to safety.

Pierre, Armstrong's estranged boyfriend, claims Orange County's Department of Child Protective Services had the responsibility to monitor the 25-year-old woman.

County officials haven't commented on the pending lawsuit.

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