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Senate amendment significantly increases parent liability for child crimes

March 2, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

In the shadow of a six-year old shooting a classmate in Michigan, the Missouri Senate approved an amendment increasing parent liability for child crimes.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.

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The amendment increases parental liability from two-thousand dollars to twenty-thousand dollars for both property damage and personal injury.

Calling the first grade shooting a tragedy, Republican Senator Marvin Singleton used the Michigan shooting to explain why the amendment is needed.

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The amendment is part of a broad judicial bill pending in the Missouri Senate.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.