JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTHR) — A lawsuit against the U.S. Navy filed by a mother whose two children were murdered has been tossed out.
Megan Hiatt said her active duty boyfriend and the father of her children forced her to hold her babies in her arms while he shot them to death. Gawain Wilson had previously shot Hiatt's father, Travis, who was at the house to help her escape from Wilson, whom Hiatt said was an abusive boyfriend, according to WFLA.
After killing Hiatt's father and the two babies, Wilson shot himself. Hiatt was badly injured in the process. That happened in 2013.
Hiatt believes the Navy could have prevented the deaths of her loved ones, so she sued.
The lawsuit requested money for the suffering Hiatt had endured as well as medical expenses.
The lawsuit alleged Wilson was on duty when he threatened to kill Hiatt over the phone.
Wilson left his duty station without approval, but nobody warned her.
Hiatt and her lawyer said there were several red flags before that day.
"We know he'd been in counseling classes -- anger management classes. And he's abused at least two other women before Megan," Hiatt's lawyer, Matthew Posgay said.
However, the court ruled against Hiatt stating: "The general principle in Florida is that 'a party has no legal duty to control the conduct of a third person to prevent that person from causing harm to another."
Hiatt did not appeal the decision.