Girl's lawsuit alleges Ritz Carlton inadvertently allowed drunk stranger access to her room to molest her

If you live in the St. Louis area, you already know the details.  According to various news and police reports, a highly intoxicated individual, identified as Daniel T. Hughes, approached the front desk at the Ritz and asked for a key to room 1611.  In fact, Hughes was staying in a completely different room and may have been so intoxicated that he believed he was at the hotel where he stayed the previous night.  An employee of the Ritz provided him with a key to room 1611 without requesting any identification.  Hughes then proceeded to room 1611, where he partially opened the door with the key, then used physical force to break the chain lock.  He then allegedly removed his clothes, climbed into bed with the 9 year-old plaintiff (a complete stranger), and sexually assaulted or her.  Upon hearing commotion, the girl's parents came in from an adjoining room and chased Hughes out of the room.  The plaintiff is represented by Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.  For more information, see Doe, et al. v. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company of Delaware, L.L.C., et al., 11SL-CC01159.