Parents Had No Duty To Control Adult Son

The court of appeal upheld a motion for summary judgment in a case in which the adult son of the defendant parents, diagnosed with Aspergers, killed two people.  The court found no duty of care, concluding that any connection between the parents’ conduct and the shootings was speculative. Their conduct amounted to this: they had allowed William to live in their home, attended therapy sessions with him, monitored his medication compliance and reported to the doctors as requested. To impose a duty of care on them, the court ruled, could cause greater harm in future cases by encouraging parents to disassociate from their adult children with chronic serious problems.


Smith v. Fruend, 4th App. District; 2/2/11

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