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Q:
Can a parent be held responsible, or liable in negligence, for the acts of his child under New York law?

A:
As a general rule, the answer is no. There is an important exception to this rule, though. And that is where the parent negligently entrusted a dangerous instrument to the child, and the child then predictably uses the apparatus to injure a third party. In that case, the parent could be held liable in negligence.
Jonathan Cooper
Non-Compete, Trade Secret and School Negligence Lawyer