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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Court Overturns Mom's Conviction for Son's Suicide

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday overturned a mother's conviction on charges that she contributed to her 12-year-old son's suicide by creating an unsafe and unhealthy home.  Judith Scruggs of Meriden was convicted of risk of injury to a minor in 2003, a year and a half after her son, J. Daniel, hanged himself with a necktie in his closet.  Legal experts said it was thought to be the first time a parent had been convicted over a child's suicide.  Rest of article....

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