February 19, 2016

Jones v. United States



Jones v. United States
308 F.2d 307 (1967)
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit


Facts: Jones lived in same house as a 10 month old baby, Anthony Lee Green.  There is conflicting evidence of how long Green (mother) lived in the house with Jones and if Jones was paid to take care of the baby.  Jones had food and the baby died of malnutrition.

History: Trail court found him guilty.

Issue: Was jury instructed to find legal duty?
  
Holding: No

Rationale: To find Jones guilty it is required that it be determined that he had a legal duty by contract of voluntary assumption to care for the baby.
  
Disposition: Reversed and remanded.