608 P.2d 364 (Colo.App. 1979), 79CA0419, Hansen v. Hansen

Docket Nº79CA0419.
Citation608 P.2d 364, 43 Colo.App. 525
Opinion JudgePIERCE, Judge.
Party NameTom HANSEN, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Richard HANSEN, Defendant, and Shirley Hansen, Defendant-Appellee.
AttorneyTaussig & Flowers, P. C., John G. Taussig, Jr., Boulder, for plaintiff-appellant., Martin, Brauchli & Jevons, E. Gregory Martin, Barre M. Sakol, Boulder, for defendant-appellee., PIERCE, Judge., Plaintiff appeals a summary judgment dismissing his complaint against his mother for willful and wanto...
Judge PanelRULAND and BERMAN, JJ., concur.
Case DateDecember 28, 1979
CourtCourt of Appeals of Colorado, Second Division

Page 364

608 P.2d 364 (Colo.App. 1979)

43 Colo.App. 525

Tom HANSEN, Plaintiff-Appellant,

v.

Richard HANSEN, Defendant, and Shirley Hansen, Defendant-Appellee.

No. 79CA0419.

Court of Appeals of Colorado, Second Division

December 28, 1979

Rehearing Denied Jan. 17, 1980. Certiorari Denied March 24, 1980.

Page 365

Taussig & Flowers, P. C., John G. Taussig, Jr., Boulder, for plaintiff-appellant.

Martin, Brauchli & Jevons, E. Gregory Martin, Barre M. Sakol, Boulder, for defendant-appellee.

PIERCE, Judge.

[43 Colo.App. 526] Plaintiff appeals a summary judgment dismissing his complaint against his mother for willful and wanton negligence and the intentional infliction of emotional distress by extreme and outrageous conduct. We affirm.

Plaintiff lived with his parents until he quit school in the 10th grade. Approximately two years prior to that time plaintiff had been suspended from school for smoking and selling marijuana. As punishment for being suspended, he was required by his parents to cut weeds in their backyard. Plaintiff was also allegedly struck on the ear by his father during an altercation over plaintiff's use of marijuana. After quitting school in the tenth grade, plaintiff was subsequently sent to a private school in Italy, where he remained for three months before being expelled. Thereafter, he resided with his parents only for short periods, and his parents conditioned any further continuing support on his either attending school or seeking employment.

Plaintiff brought action against defendant claiming that her actions on these and other occasions constituted willful and wanton neglect of plaintiff's need for food, clothing, shelter, and psychological support; that defendant's actions were done with callous disregard for plaintiff's fragile psychological condition; and that defendant knew or should have know that her conduct was likely to cause severe emotional harm to plaintiff. Plaintiff asserted that as a result of defendant's actions he suffered severe mental distress, anguish, and irreparable harm to his mental health; that he will require psychiatric care for the remainder of his life; and that he has suffered physical damage from malnutrition. Although these allegations were also made against the father, service was never obtained upon him.

Plaintiff contends the trial court erred in dismissing his claims because there remain...

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