The crime of Child Endangerment is the intention to harm a child by inflicting unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering or permit or place a child in a situation where their health or safety is endangered. If the child was left in a condition likely to cause great bodily harm or death a felony Child Abuse charge may apply. Examples of Child Endangerment are leaving a child in the care of someone whom you had cause to suspect would harm the child or had injured a child on a previous occasion or left a child locked in a car seat while getting drunk in a bar or leaving dangerous weapons within reach in a home where children live or failure to get medical treatment for a very sick child.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
1. Defendant acted under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death to a person.
2. Defendant willfully inflicted or permitted unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on a child.
Misdemeanor: 0-364 days
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