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ARTICLE ID 195269

$________ – PLAINTIFFS ALLEGE THAT CORPSES OF THEIR RELATIVES WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED BY MORGUE ATTENDANT – NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION – INTENTIONAL AND RECKLESS INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

In this negligent supervision matter, the plaintiffs – who are relatives of three deceased women – allege that the defendants were careless in failing to supervise and retain a morgue attendant who sexually abused the women’s corpses while they were being held in the defendant’s facility. The plaintiffs claim damages for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress as a result of the treatment of their family members. The defendants denied the allegations, and supported that the actions were based upon the criminal actions of a single employee, which were unknown to the defendant employer.

The defendants further disputed the plaintiffs’ claims alleging intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiffs are the families of three women whose bodies were being held in the defendant’s morgue. While the bodies of the women were located in the defendant’s custody, one of its morgue attendant employees sexually abused the cadavers. The plaintiffs contend that this conduct of sexually abusing corpses was performed by the defendant’s employee over a period of nine years, while the defendant failed to properly supervise and negligently retained the employee. The plaintiffs filed an action for damages incurred by the plaintiff family members alleging negligent supervision, negligent retention, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The defendants disputed the plaintiffs’ claims, and denied that they were liable to the plaintiffs for any damages. The defendants argued that the actions were as a result of the rogue criminal activity of one employee, which were unknown to the employer. The defendants disputed the plaintiffs’ claim of reckless infliction of emotional distress, alleging that no such tort exists in the state of Ohio.

The parties agreed to resolve their claims for the total sum of $________ on the first day of trial.

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