Jones v. U.S.
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|Jones v. U.S.|
Jones was supposed to be caring for a 10-month-old infant. Jones neglected to do so and the baby died.
D was found guilty initially
can Jones be found liable?
Only if he was being paid to care for the infant.
Reversed and remanded
Legal duty for care must be found. There are 4 possible scenarios in which this legal duty can be found:
- statute imposes duty
- one stands on a certain status relationship to another
- one has assumed a contractual duty to care for another
- one has voluntarily assumed the care of another and so secluded the helpless person as to prevent others from rendering aid.
Lower court must find out if there was a contract (written, oral, or implied) to care for the infant.