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Grimm v. Summit County Children Services Board

Ohio App. 9 District
2006 WL 1329689


Facts

Shenna Grimm, then 17 years of age (plaintiff), was raped and impregnated by her stepfather, Groff, and subsequently went to Akron City Hospital to give birth to the child. Groff was present in the delivery room, in Grimm’s hospital room when she was naked, and while she was breastfeeding. Grimm testified that she had consistent nightmares about Groff’s presence at the birth of the child. Groff was later convicted by a jury on the rape charge. Grimm sued Groff, Summa Health System, Akron City Hospital, the Summit County Children Services Board, and several other individuals (defendants) for failing to immediately report suspected child abuse under state law that caused her damage. The jury awarded Grimm $224,000 in her case against Akron City Hospital for its failure to report the known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Whitmore, J.)

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