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Chronister v. Brenneman
Pennsylvania Superior Court
742 A.2d 190 (1999)
Timothy Brenneman (defendant) hit his sixteen-year-old daughter Cassandra Morrison across the buttocks five or six times with a belt after she admitted to lying. Morrison said it hurt and made her cry but did not leave any marks. Later that evening, after a discussion about house rules, Brenneman purportedly remembered he had left a gun in a downstairs cupboard, retrieved it, and made eye contact with Morrison as he took it upstairs. Morrison called her half sister, Shannon Chronister (plaintiff), who reported the incidents to Child and Youth Services (CYS). The next day, a CYS caseworker interviewed Morrison but did not intervene as Brenneman’s actions did not implicate involving CYS. However, Chronister filed a petition on her half sister’s behalf for a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order. After a hearing, the court entered a PFA order. Brenneman appealed, arguing that disciplining and punishing his daughter did not warrant a PFA under Pennsylvania’s PFA Act.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brosky, J.)
Dissent (Melvin, J.)
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