Jones v. United States, 308 F.2d 307 (1962)

Case Name: Jones v. United States
Citation: 308 F.2d 307 (1962)

Facts: Jones was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for failing to provide for a 10 month old child of her friend.

Defendant’s argument: There must be a finding that the defendant had a legal duty (not just a moral one) in order to be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

State’s argument: Jones assumed a contractual duty to care for the baby or voluntarily assumed the care of another and secluded the baby to prevent others from rendering aid.

Holding: Jones did not have a duty for the baby.

Reasoning: There was conflicting evidence as to whether or not the defendant was paid which would have made a contractual duty.

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