Tacoma, WA asked in Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Washington

Q: If a 10 year old attacks my 5 year old daughter and knocks 2 teeth out can i press charges against parents?

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Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei
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  • Beaverton, OR
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Yes. You may make a civil claim for your child's injuries. Ordinarily, the maximum amount you may recover against the other child's parents is $5,000 based upon the child's willful and malicious actions. As far as pursuing a criminal charge against the assailant, you can report the incident to law enforcement and charges may be filed in juvenile court, but that is a discretionary decision made by the prosecuting attorney's office, not you.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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A: Depends on the circumstances. Consult a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice

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