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NCJ Number: 148851 Find in a Library
Title: Case Notes: Parental Liability for the Tortious Acts of Children - In Re William George T., 89 Md. App. 762, 599 A.2d 886 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 1992)
Journal: Journal of Juvenile Law  Volume:14  Dated:(1993)  Pages:212-215
Author(s): M W Hull
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A case involving parental liability for the tortious acts of a minor is discussed.
Abstract: In this case, a hospital sought restitution from a father for the delinquent and destructive acts performed by his son while the child was a patient at the hospital. The appellate court held that vicarious liability for the delinquent and destructive acts of a minor child may constitutionally be imposed upon a parent as long as the parent has legal custody of the child, irrespective of who possessed actual physical custody of the child at the time the acts were performed. The court struck a balance between legislative intent and the constitutionality of the parental liability statute. The court concluded that the constitutionality of imposing vicarious liability upon parents for the destructive acts of their minor children hinges on where legal custody of the child rests. Liability may constitutionally be imposed upon parents only where, at the minimum, they hold legal custody of the child. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Courts; Parental liability
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