B with mistress drinking. She gets morphine and takes it. B doesn’t know. B finds out. She passes out. B puts here in basement with G to watch her. She dies
Did B have a legal duty to act, an omission which involves criminal liability?
For a duty to arise one must have a legal obligation. In the absence of a legal obligation, there is no requirement of a person to assist others.
If person harmed is in a relationship of dependency then their failure to act to protect them can give rise to criminal liability
For manslaughter - It must be a duty imposed by law or by contract, and the omission to perform the duty must be the immediate and direct cause of death.
Ex’s of duties - domestic relationship, public duty, voluntary choice, or someone who has the care of a human being helpless from imprisonment, infancy, sickness, age, imbecility, or other incapacity of mind or body
There is no legal duty by fact or by implication on Bs part