The U.S. government says a Pocatello area boy and his family are to blame for any injuries he received after he was doused with cyanide by a predator-killing device that a federal worker mistakenly placed near the family’s home.

Any injuries were caused by the negligence of the parents and child, the U.S. Department of Justice said in documents filed this week in U.S. District Court. The Justice Department also asked for the family’s lawsuit against the U.S. government over the incident to be dismissed.

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