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District of Columbia v. Hampton

District of Columbia Court of Appeals
666 A.2d 30 (1995)


Facts

The District (defendant) removed Hampton’s (plaintiff) daughter from her home due to improper care. The District placed Hampton’s daughter in the care of a foster mother, Stevenson. The District had basic requirements for a foster home, but did not dictate the day-to-day activities at foster homes within the District. While Stevenson left her foster children alone one day, her sons beat Hampton’s daughter to death. Hampton brought a survival action against the District, claiming that it was vicariously liable for Stevenson’s negligence. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Hampton.

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