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New York Court Rules Custody and Responsibility of Children Ceases, Even on Property, When Parents Pick Up Their Children
Key point 10-11. A church may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries resulting from a failure to exercise adequate supervision of its programs and activities.

A New York state appeals court ruled that a school was not responsible for severe injuries sustained by a 3-year-old preschool student. The student was struck by a car when he ran onto a busy street adjacent to school property after he had been picked up by his mother at the end of the school day. A 3-year-old child was a student at a public school that included "pre-kindergarten" instruction. The victim had been released from school to his mother inside the school, near his classroom, at 2:30 p.m. Thereafter, the mother, the victim, and the victim's sister went outside and, while the mother was speaking to another parent on the sidewalk around the corner from where they had left the school, the victim ran into the street from between two parked buses and was struck by a car.

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