Higgins v. Salt Lake County

In Higgins v. Salt Lake County, 855 P.2d 231, 233 (Utah 1993), the plaintiffs sued Salt Lake County for negligently supervising a mental patient who attacked and repeatedly stabbed their ten-year-old daughter. Though the Higginses did not raise the argument that the attacker's insanity adjudication meant that her attack could not constitute a battery, we found that the battery exception applied. Id. at 240. The patient's schizophrenia and marginal intelligence did not persuade us that her actions could not amount to a battery for lack of requisite intent. Id. at 241.