UK: Toddler hit by friend gets payout

November 13, 2009 5:24:29 AM PST
A British judge has ruled that a boy attacked by another toddler with a carjack can claim compensation from a government body that helps crime victims. The mother of Jay Jones, who was 3 years old at the time of the attack, told the BBC her son suffered a gash to his head and spent two days in hospital in 2007 after another toddler hit him 11 times.

The attack occurred when the two toddlers were left alone in a car.

The government authority that grants compensation for victims refused at first to pay because the 3-year-old attacker was so young and could not be prosecuted because of his age.

The family complained and asked for the case to be reviewed by an independent tribunal, which ruled in its favor Thursday.

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