Mother sued for loud kids playing outside

PLANO, Texas -- A mother of four said the sound of her children playing in their backyard has her neighbors upset enough to file a lawsuit.

KTVT reports the residents next to Kelly Counts said her kids are upsetting their tranquil quality of life and "creating noise issues as well as visibility issues for them and their pets."

Counts said one of the reasons they chose to move into the house was because they could set up a playhouse.

"I can't imagine the sound of kids playing at any stage of my life and thinking that I needed to sue someone over it," Counts said.

the couple suing, Irving and Anita Ward, declined to comment on the lawsuit. They also would not speak about a countersuit against them that claims they play explicit music as retaliation.

Counts said the 'raunchy' music lyrics coming from the plaintiffs' house is loud enough to drown out the sounds of her children's laughter.

The Wards argue that because the children, ages 10, 7, 4 and 2, are homeschooled, the noise never stops.

The city of Plano and her homeowners association have approved the playhouse, and the Counts family doesn't plan to move it.

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