Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 231 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 85G, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 85G. Parents of an unemancipated child under the age of eighteen and over the age of seven years shall be liable in a civil action for any willful act committed by said child which results in injury or death to another person or damage to the property of another, damage to cemetery property or damage to any state, county or municipal property. This section shall not apply to a parent who, as a result of a decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, does not have custody of such a child at the time of the commission of the tort. Recovery under this section shall be limited to the amount of proved loss or damage but in no event shall it exceed five thousand dollars.