A state appeals court has ruled that the mother of a slain Redwood City man cannot sue San Mateo County for her son's death at the hands of a teen who walked away from a county probation camp.
The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said this week that state and local governments are not responsible for harm caused by escaped inmates.
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Monica Gutierrez. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/wxHNxu) that Gutierrez's son, 23-year-old Ramon Buenrostro, was stabbed to death in 2008. Sixteen-year-old Adrian Sedano was tried as an adult and convicted of second-degree murder in the attack.
Sedano had escaped several weeks before the stabbing from Camp Glenwood, an unlocked county-run juvenile probation camp near La Honda.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com