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Jan 11, 2017 3:57 PM

Judge dismisses NH mom's negligence claims against hospital regarding son's murder


CONCORD — A judge dismissed a mother's claims of negligence against a New Hampshire hospital that released an involuntarily committed man who killed her son.

Kasey Riley was sent to New Hampshire Hospital after assaulting and threatening a guard at Lakes Region General Hospital on June 5, 2013, court documents said.

New Hampshire Hospital discharged him on June 7, 2013. He returned to Gensis Behavioral Health where he had been admitted to in May of 2013.

Riley was placed in a room with Zachary March at Gensis, where he killed March on June 13, 2013 at about 1:40 a.m., court documents said.

Linda March - Zachary's mother - filed a negligence lawsuit against New Hampshire Hospital, John and Jane Doe I - employees of New Hampshire Hospital, Genesis and John and Jane Doe II - employees of Gensis.

The judge dismissed the claims against New Hampshire Hospital and John and Jane Doe I, stating that they owed no duty of care to Riley.

The plaintiff's attorney, Cristina Rousseau, was given until Jan. 17 to file a motion to have the judge rethink his ruling on dismissing the claims.

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