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Mother Sued Over Children's Playhouse

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

On a street in Plano, Texas, the sounds of children at play may not drift through the windows and over the asphalt for much longer.

Kelly Counts bought a playhouse for her four children, ages 10, 7, 4, and 2, but now she’s being sued by her neighbors, Irving and Anita Ward, who say the sound of the children at play upsets their “tranquil quality of life” and is “creating noise issues as well as visibility issues for them and their pets,” according to records from a home owners' association meeting, CBS DFW reported.

Counts says her children are drowned out by raunchy music coming from the Wards' home and she’s countersuing for their music. “It’s unfathomable to me," Counts said. "I can’t imagine the sound of kids playing at any age or stage of my life and thinking that I needed to sue someone over it."

The couple declined to comment on the lawsuits, but they claim the children are constantly loud because they’re homeschooled.

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“The Wards have never once asked me to tone down the noise of the kids playing,” Counts said.

Counts won’t move her playhouse.

This isn't the first time legal trouble has ensued over a playhouse. In August 2015, the Stout family of Lee's Summit, Missouri, was sued by the Raintree Lake Property Owners Association for the color of their outdoor playhouse, which was purple, Yahoo reported.

Sources: CBS DFW, Yahoo / Photo credit: Screenshot via CBS DFW