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New Jersey fines Carmel company over dangerous toy

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A judge has ordered a Carmel-based company to pay New Jersey more than $67,000 for selling toys that were banned as dangerous.

The toys, called yo-yo waterballs, feature a rubber ball filled with liquid attached to a rubber cord.

Superior Court Judge John Malone of Union County, N.J., ordered Indiana Novelty International, which does business as Kipp Brothers, to pay a $54,300 fine and reimburse the state's investigative costs.

Kipp Brothers is a 130-year-old company that sells toys, novelties and party supplies on a wholesale and bulk basis. It was based in downtown Indianapolis until moving to Carmel in 2001.

An after-hours message left at the company's headquarters was not immediately returned.

Sydney Blacker, a 5-year-old Scotch Plains girl, was injured in June 2008 when the cord from a yo-yo waterball wrapped around her neck.

New Jersey banned sales of the toys in April 2008. The state Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that the one that injured the girl had been sold after the ban took effect.
 

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