Reckless Mothers Injure Four Children
In Crowley, Texas, two mothers recklessly put their children at risk and are now facing serious consequences for their behavior. Generally, we expect mothers to be protective of their children, especially when it comes to their safety. Two mothers, including 39-year-old Kisha Young, not only failed to protect their children from harm but put their kids at terrible risk.
Young and her friend took their children swimming in mid-June of 2014. After going for a swim. Young decided that she did not want the six children to get the inside of her car wet. So, instead of waiting for the children to dry or laying down a towel, the intoxicated Ms. Young told the six kids, all between the ages of 8 and 14 years old, to climb onto the trunk and the hood of her car in their slippery, wet bathing suits. Some of the children were Ms. Young’s, and the rest of the children belonged to the unidentified other passenger in the car.
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Unsurprisingly, after Ms. Young began to drive, there was an accident. Four out of the six children were injured. Fortunately three of the four injured children suffered only minor injuries. A 12-year-old was not so lucky and was taken by air to a nearby hospital with a severe head injury. Ms. Young is facing criminal charges and Child Protective Services has been called.
Who is at fault for my child’s injury?
It’s just a fact of life that we cannot keep an eye on all of our children at all times. We can’t watch them every second of the day, and there are plenty of times when we put their safety in the hands of other people. We trust school bus drivers, teachers, sports coaches, babysitters, other parents and more with the protection of our little ones. Most of the time, this trust is well placed. However, sometimes the person or people in charge of taking care of our children break that trust.
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If an adult is injured, he or she may bring a personal injury suit on their own behalf. If a child is injured, they do not have the capacity to do so. It is up to the parents to show that the person in charge of the child at the time of the injury was negligent. As a reminder, in order to be found liable for negligence, there must be the following four factors:
- There was a person who owed a duty to another person;
- The first person breached that duty to the second person;
- That breach caused the second person’s injuries; and
- The second person’s injuries gave rise to damages.
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When someone is in charge of a child’s welfare in certain circumstances, they owe that child the duty of taking care of him or her the way the child’s parents would. If the person temporarily caring for the child negligently allows or causes the child to get injured, the adult can be liable for the child’s injuries.
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