40 N.E. 1062 (Ind. 1895), 17,345, Thornburg v. The American Strawboard Company

Docket Nº:17,345
Citation:40 N.E. 1062, 141 Ind. 443
Opinion Judge:Monks, J.
Party Name:Thornburg v. The American Strawboard Company
Attorney:J. F. Elliott and W. C. Overton, for appellant. J. C. Blacklidge, C. C. Shirley and B. C. Moon, for appellee.
Case Date:June 04, 1895
Court:Supreme Court of Indiana

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40 N.E. 1062 (Ind. 1895)

141 Ind. 443

Thornburg

v.

The American Strawboard Company

No. 17,345

Supreme Court of Indiana

June 4, 1895

From the Howard Circuit Court.

Judgment affirmed.

J. F. Elliott and W. C. Overton, for appellant.

J. C. Blacklidge, C. C. Shirley and B. C. Moon, for appellee.

OPINION

Monks, J.

Appellant brought this action against appellee, under section 266, R. S. 1881, section 267, R. S. 1894, to recover for the death of Charles O. Tonly, a minor.

This section provides that "A father (or, in case of [141 Ind. 444] his death or desertion of his family or imprisonment, the mother) may maintain an action for the injury or death of a child, and a guardian for the injury or death of his ward."

To this complaint appellee filed a demurrer for want of facts, which was sustained and judgment rendered against appellant.

The only error assigned is that the court erred in sustaining the demurrer to the complaint.

Under this assignment of error the only question for consideration is whether or not a man who marries the mother of a bastard child and receives the child into his home as a member of the family, can recover for the death of the child, when caused by the wrongful act of another.

It is firmly settled that under the foregoing section of the statutes a parent may maintain an action for injuries resulting in the death of his minor child. Jackson v. Pittsburgh, etc., R. W. Co., 140 Ind. 241, 39 N.E. 663, and cases cited; Louisville, etc., R. W. Co. v. Goodykoontz, 119 Ind. 111, 21 N.E. 472, and cases cited.

It is also settled that section 266 (267), supra, and section 284, R. S. 1881 (section 285, R. S. 1894), are to be construed together, the first named section being applicable to cases of minors and the

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latter to those of adults, and minors whose father and mother have relinquished their right respectively to the services of the child by emancipation or otherwise. Berry v. Louisville, etc., R. W. Co., 128 Ind. 484, 28 N.E. 182, and cases cited.

Such right to maintain an action for damages on account of the death of a human being is entirely statutory, and before appellant can recover such damages, he must bring himself clearly within the terms of the statute. Jackson v. Pittsburgh, etc., R. W. Co., supra, and cases cited; Berry v. Louisville,...

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