Toxic Parents of Toxic Children Finally Held Accountable- Suing 4 Year Old For Running Over Elderly Woman With Bike, Who Died, Sends Strong Message

A while back I went to a theme park.  It was less than a pleasant experience based on the level of Toxic behavior  I consistently witnessed by Toxic Children who were undisciplined and allowed to act like wild animals by their Toxic Parents.

The rudeness and lack of consideration for others,  the way so many of these children spoke to their parents,  the fighting, the yelling and screaming, the  pushing and  shoving, and the complete  lack of discipline was rampant.

I was especially appalled when I observed two Toxic Children chasing one another and  crash into an elderly man. He fell to the ground. They saw him fall, yet they  didn’t even  care. They didn’t even stop to see if he was all right, let alone apologize to hum. They just continued chasing one another  and yelling, leaving a possibly injured man in their wake.

On another occasion I saw a pregnant woman who was resting on a bench with her legs outstretched. A rude little boy didn’t  even have the courtesy to say “excuse me” as he approached the woman. Instead he simply hopped over her legs. In doing so, he  tripped and fell on top of her what looked like an eight month pregnant belly. The pregnant woman let out a loud yelp and  the boy simply scurried away.

My first thoughts after observing these two separate incidents was where are the parents? Why are they allowing their children to be unsupervised and even worse, why didn’t they teach them any humanity or  basic manners ?  The lack of  respect and humanity  both angered and saddened me.

So when  NY Justice Wooten  ruled that a four year old can get sued for running over  an elderly lady on her bike with training wheels, I was thrilled.  Apparently, the woman  ended up requiring surgery as a result of this incident for a fractured hip  and later died as a result of the child’s negligence.

The ruling by the judge merely permitted a lawsuit brought against the girl and  another boy as well as their parents by the dead woman’s estate for the incident that happened in April 2009.

The two four year olds, Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn,  ( and yes I am stating their names as their names were stated in the press) were racing their bicycles, under the supervision of their mothers, Dana Breitman and Rachel Kohn, on the sidewalk of a building on East 52nd Street in Manhattan.

At some point in the race, they struck an 87-year-old woman named Claire Menagh, who was walking in front of the building on the sidewalk and, according to the complaint, was “seriously and severely injured,” suffering a hip fracture that required surgery. She died three months later.

Her estate sued the children and their mothers, claiming they had acted negligently during the accident.

Justice Wooten rejected a motion to dismiss the case because of the little girl, Juliet’s age, noting that she was three month shy of turning 5 when Ms. Menagh was struck, and thus old enough to be sued.  He said that even though the child’s mother was present,  the child should be held liable.  He wrote , “A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable child carte blanche to engage in risky behavior such as running across a street,”

He added that any “reasonably prudent child,” who presumably has been told to look both ways before crossing a street, should know that dashing out without looking is dangerous, with or without a parent there.”

I agree with him wholeheartedly. He went on to conclude that there was no evidence of  the child Juliet’s “lack of intelligence or maturity” or anything to “indicate that another child of similar age and capacity under the circumstances could not have reasonably appreciated the danger of riding a bicycle into an elderly woman.”

I say kudos to the judge. So now the child will have to deal with this matter as well as her mother. How could any mother allow a child to race a bike on a sidewalk in front of a building where people come and go?

Perhaps this  case will send a message to parents  nationwide to teach their children to have respect for others and show humanity.

One only has to wonder if the mothers or their children had the decency to go back and   help this injured woman who was no doubt lying on the ground and suffering in pain as a result of this unconscionable incident. At least this poor woman can now rest in peace knowing that justice will be served.  www.drlillianglass.com

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12 thoughts on “Toxic Parents of Toxic Children Finally Held Accountable- Suing 4 Year Old For Running Over Elderly Woman With Bike, Who Died, Sends Strong Message

  1. This is utterly ridiculous. It was an accident, pure and simple. Just because the child ran into someone does not mean they are “toxic.” With most people, it would have been simply been a situation where they were slightly bumped and it would have been no big deal. The problem here is that the woman was 87, and thus at death’s door anyway. She could have tripped on the sidewalk or even been sitting at home and she would have ultimately died anyway. But because being slightly bumped knocked her over and killed her (because she was so old), now the child’s family can be sued. It is a very bad precedent and has NOTHING to do with genuinely bad kids and/or parents that you see everyday.

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    1. I dont think this is ridiculous at all! This woman was NOT at death’s door. People can live into their 100’s and she was obviously healthy enough to walk on her own and to to go outside of her home by herself without assistance. She was perfecty fine until she was run over ON THE SIDEWALK by a child who had no business being on the sidewalk. not just riding a bike, but racing a bike. I am glad that both the child and her mother were held accountable. I am glad that this sets a precendent. If she ws knocked to the ground with severe enough pressure to fracture a hip, I seriously doubt that she was slightly bumped as you state. Did the children or their parents even stop to help this woman or did they go about their merry way? It very well may have been the case where they didn’t even provide her with assistance after she was mowed down. To me, racing a bike on the sidewalk where others walk is TOXIC behavior and any parent who can allow this to happen is TOXIC in my view.

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      1. I totally agree Dr Glass! The suggestion that at 87 this woman was on death’s door is astounding to me .

        Hallelujah to the judge on this case!

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  2. I have to say I have never read such stupid dribble as this Allison chic has posted. Not everyone who is elderly is at deaths door. Just today in our paper there was an article about a woman who gets up every morning to go to work, she owns her own little store, she works 6 days a week & guess what she is 95 years old! Sure doesn’t sound like shes at deaths door now does it? I know a elderly couple who are in there 80s they go all over the place, hubby still drives, they go dancing every Saturday, they plant a big garden each year outside there front lawn & tend to it themselves! Take a look at Betty White, she is 88 still does acting & I believe she still drives! These people sure don’t look to me to be at deaths door now do they?

    Basically to you these children should not be punished & the parents not sued for this incident cause the woman was old & would soon be dying. You should be smacked for even saying such a thing. Just cause this lady was 87 does not excuse what these 2 kids did. What makes this situation even worse is the kids parents watched the whole thing & did not do anything to stop there kids from racing. When you ride a bike on a sidewalk you don’t race. When you do something like that you risk something like this happening.

    That’s the problem in the world today with people like you who take no responsibility for your kids actions. Its always someone else’s fault. That’s why many of the kids today are snotty brats that have no manners or respect for there elders. The parents think that there child can do no wrong.

    These parents of these 2 kids have every right to be sued. They stood by letting there kids do reckless behavior & it cost someone’s life.

    I’m betting that if this happened to one of your family members you’d be singing a whole different tune & not claiming it was just a slight bump. :rollseyes:

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  3. Whoa! Being 87 years of age does not put somebody “at death’s door!” I haven’t even read the rest of the comments yet. Just had to say what first came to mind while reading that comment!

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  4. I strongly disagree. It was an accident pure and simple. This 4 year old did not wake up dreaming of killing a 87 yr old woman. This is as stupid as the robber who sues the homeowner because the dog bit him. Typical ask a question get no answer. Disagree and get a novel.

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    1. These children were racing their biikes on a public sidewalk in front of a building. Why weren’t they supervised by their parents? The children and the parents were the catalyst for a an innocent person dying. If a dog like a pit bull bites and mauls someone lthey often have to suffer the consequences of being put down. Their owners may be held charged criminally and held liable. These children and their parents need to be held liable.

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  5. This Is My First Time Reading At This Site And I Must Say, Thus Far I Have Really Appreciated The Views Of The Writer As Well As The Commenters. 🙂

    As For This Case – I Say The Judge Was Right On… Unfortunately If We Would Just Open Our Eyes and Look Around It Is Plainly Obvious There Is A Severe “Lack Of Raising” In The Children Today.. No Morals, Respect, Even Common Courtesy For Crying Out Loud, Etc… This Will Hopefully Set A Precedence For Other Parents (this word is being used very loosely here); Being A Parent Takes More Than The Act Of Birthing and/or Conceiving A Child.

    WTG On This Post !!!

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  6. The parents are completely responsible for their kid’s behaviour and as such should have to pay the woman’s estate. Gawd knows if the ‘old lady’ had done something to injur the little darlings while they were riding their bikes on the sidewalk those Upper West Side mavens would have sued in a heart beat. Nothing like sounding old but kids are not being taught to RESPECT adults these days and to that I say BS. As my mother used to say CHILDREN ARE TO BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD!

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  7. I agree that someone should be held reliable for the accident – the parents. Any punishment for the child should be left to the parents discretion ONLY. Saddling a 4 year old with a lawsuit, you’ve got to be kidding me?! Could the child even spell that word at her age? I highly doubt it. I doubt she’d even understand the proceedings of a court case like that. And what if the women’s estate wins? Is it really right to force a huge bill like that on a 4 year old? Sure, the parents would take care of it until she turned 18, but what then? She shouldn’t have to start her adult life paying for a stupid mistake she made as a child!

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