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article imageJudge dismisses 'bad mothering' lawsuit

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By Owen Weldon
Aug 29, 2011 in World
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Two grown kids were raised in a $1.5 million home in Barrington Hills, Ill, which was owned by their father. The two kids spent the past two years pursuing a lawsuit against their own mother for bad parenting.
The two grown children have spent the past two years pursing the lawsuit against their mother for “bad mothering.” The lawsuit alleges damages caused when the mother did not buy toys for one of the kids and sent a birthday card to the other kid. The kid did not like the birthday card.
Some of the alleged offences include the mother failing to bring her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to put his seat belt on or she would call the police, arguing over the amount of money to be spent on dresses for a party and asking her daughter to come home at midnight on the night of the homecoming, according to TheStar.
An appeals court in Illinois dismissed the case. The court did not find evidence that the mother’s conduct was outrageous or extreme. The court said if it ruled against the mother then there could potentially be cases that are of excessive judicial scrutiny and interference.
The two children, Steven Miner II, 23 and Kathryn, 20, were seeking more than $50,000 for emotional distress. The lawyer who represented the children was the ex-husband of the mother, as well as the father of the children.
Steven Miner, the father, said that the children just wanted the mother to be held accountable. Miner said that the mother should be held accountable for her actions.
Kimberly Garrity is the mother of the children and her lawyer Shelly Smith said that the lawsuit is just Garrity’s ex-husband’s way of trying to get revenge, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Kathy Flanagan is the Cook County judge who ruled on the case and she said that the lawsuit was nothing more than kids suing their mom for bad mothering.
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