attractive nuisance doctrine


attractive nuisance doctrine
The principle followed in many jurisdictions, but with some diversity of opinion as to the requisite conditions for its application, that one who maintains or permits upon his premises a condition, instrumentality, machine, or other agency which is dangerous to children of tender years by reason of their inability to appreciate the peril therein, and which may reasonably be expected to attract children of tender years to the premises, is under duty to exercise reasonable care to protect them against the dangers of the attraction. The doctrine, within limitations, is for the benefit of the meddling, as well as of a trespassing child. Brittain v. Cubbon, 190 Kan 641, 378 P2d 141; Teagarden v. Russell, 306 Ky 528, 207 SW2d 18; Nichols v Consolidated Dairies, 125 Mont 460, 239 P2d 740, 28 ALR2d 1216; 38 Am J1st Negl § 141. The principle is otherwise known as the turntable doctrine.

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