On the top part of the article it said the bees were located in the wall of an apartment building. At the end it says the victim is hoping the owner where the beehive was helps pay for the damages and vet cost. Im guessing if it was a feral hive the property wil not have to pay?
I have no idea of legal precedent, but would be suprised if in a court situation they didn't find the apartment owners liable since it is a maintenance issue. Especially since the people complained about the bees previously.
Unless the boy was throwing rocks at the bees. Having been a boy and having 4 of my own boys that wouldn't be surprising.... But even then?