Parents not liable for daughter’s suicide, Maine court rules

Posted March 27, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court has ruled that parents of a 25-year-old woman who committed suicide while living at their house were not legally obligated to prevent her from killing herself.

In Tuesday’s unanimous ruling, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that James and Jadzia Davies of Norway did not have a legal duty to prevent their daughter Kristin Cummings from harming herself.

Cummings shot herself with her father’s gun in 2008 at her parents’ home two days after visiting a local hospital for depression. After her death, her husband sued his in-laws on behalf of his two children.

A lower court judge ruled there was no evidence the parents should be liable for the suicide.

The justices agreed, saying the parents were neither medical professionals nor law enforcement officials