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Make-a-Wish Backyard Playground for Special-Needs Girl Gets Ticketed by City (UPDATE: Playground Can Stay)


"...the city’s not responsible for your daughter’s disability."

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The backyard playground has three swings, a slide — and perhaps best of all, a clubhouse.

And it plays a huge part in helping 10-year-old Tiffany Miranda "be a normal kid," her mother Jessica Torres told KCAL-TV.

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Tiffany has a severe seizure disorder that precludes her from attending public parks, the station reported, so four years ago the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave her one of her very own.

“Just just loves it," Torres to KCAL. "She has her own special park."

The only problem is that Torres and her husband have been battling the city of Santa Fe Springs, California, which has cited the couple numerous times over the backyard playground, charging them with a "public nuisance."

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Torres showed KCAL some tickets she and her husband have received, which order the removal of the playground equipment, as well as all items from the backyard and front yard, the station said.

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“When I asked the city, ‘So where do you expect my daughter to play?’ they said, ‘Well, the city’s not responsible for your daughter’s disability,'” Torres told KCAL. “They said, ‘Your Tiffany is not our problem.'”

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The city manager said he’s concerned about the family's health and safety due to clutter around the play area, KCAL reported.

Interestingly, the station said that the city manager told a KCAL reporter the playground can stay despite the tickets' directives and that he'd be in touch with the family to clear things up.

But Torres and her husband told KCAL they haven't heard from the city.

“I’m not going to let this go," Torres told KCAL. "I’m not going to remove the playhouse and I’m not going to remove her canopy and I want them to stop picking on my Tiffany."

UPDATE 3 p.m. Friday: Torres confirmed with TheBlaze that Santa Fe Springs City Manager Thaddeus McCormack visited her Thursday afternoon and told her the playground can stay. But after the ordeal she and her family "now feel like moving," she said. McCormack told TheBlaze that the city's complaints had to do with "property maintenance" and "none of the issues (which are by-and-large routine in nature) have anything to do with the backyard playground."

TheBlaze's Mike Sorrentino contributed to this story.

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