My mom was very close friends with this woman and she would always babysit me and my brother. One day, my mom dropped me off at her house and i had a toy cashier and my mom had given me some quarters . I was playing with my cashier and my coins and the lady starts yelling at me and grabs my hand and takes my coins and calls me a “thief” she kept yelling and calling me a thief. The lady had a big jar full of coins and she said that i stole some coins from her jar when I didn’t. I was crying telling her I didn’t but she didn’t believe me. Then she grabbed me by the hair pulling my hair she took me to her bathroom threw me inside and then she turned the lights off and locked the door with a key. She left me there for a while. I was crying and screaming trying to open the door but she kept yelling “shut up”. Later, my mom came to pick me up and she acted like nothing happened and i wanted to tell my mom but i was around 4 or 5 and i was scared.
Technically yes--most statutes of limitation don't begin to toll until you reach 18. That being said, she sounds like a horrible person, but a tough case to win, as the only evidence is your word against her's. (Maybe I'm wrong--I don't do personal injury cases, and really, that's what this case is.)
I would try to move on and learn from this incident--punishing her would certainly feel good in the short term, but it won't heal your wounds long term. I wish you the best.
Yes, your statute doesn’t run until you turn 18. However, it appears to be a tough case given relatively low damages (you did not state any serious injury) and evidence. In addition, it is not clear what a babysitter would have to sue over.
In any event, you may want to consider filing a report with law enforcement.
So long as a public entity is not at fault, your statute of limitations runs once you are emancipated (usually at 18 years of age). But, rather than wait, I'd have your Father pursue (suing if settlement doesn't occur) your claim as your "guardian ad litem". Recovery on your claim will necessarily be prejudiced by delay.
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