Beating Victim's Lawsuit Claims Teen's Parents Were Negligent

March 08, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

An Edgewood couple face a $900,000 lawsuit alleging they failed to supervise their 17-year-old son and to correct his "reckless, violent,malicious and wanton conduct."

Eric Lee Richardson, of the 300 block of Hardwick Place, contends he was attacked "suddenly and violently" without provocation by the teen-ager while playing basketball at the Edgewood High School gymnasium April 9.

Cheryl H. Worthington, the county's director of community services, her husband, Laurence, and their son, Laurence Randall WorthingtonII, are named as defendants in the suit.

Young Worthington, a basketball, football and track star at Edgewood High, struck Richardson repeatedly using brass knuckles, the suit says.

Richardson suffered permanent injuries and protracted shock to his nervous system, the suit says.

The suit does not detail Richardson's injuries or the cost of medical treatment.

Richardson is seeking a jury trial.

Jeffrey J. Silver, a Baltimore attorney representing Richardson, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The suit against the Worthingtons, who live in the 1700 block of Harbinger Trail, was filed Monday in Harford Circuit Court.

Cheryl Worthington, who was appointed community services director by County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann in January, declined to comment, saying she had not reviewed the suit.

DeWayne D. Curry, a spokesman for the county Sheriff's Office, confirmed that criminal charges have been filed in the case. But details of thecase, including its disposition, are unavailable because juvenile records are sealed to the public.

Richardson alleges that Lawrence and Cheryl Worthington were negligent in allowing their son to own a set of brass knuckles, while knowing about "the dangerous and violent tendencies of their child."

The suit says the Worthingtons "continuously failed to supervise the acts of their child, failed to exercise any restraint over their child, and failed to exert any reasonable effort to correct the minor defendant's reckless, violent, malicious and wanton conduct."

As director of the Community Services Department, Worthington oversees the county Drug and Alcohol Impact Program,the Office on Aging, Transportation Services and the Commission for Women.

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