What is the law for Missouri on child abandonment?

03/26/2007 - Minors - State: MO #1017

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What is the law for Missouri on child abandonment?

Answer:

Section 568.030 of Missouri’s Revised Statutes provides: “A person commits the crime of abandonment of a child in the first degree if, as a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than four years old, he leaves the child in any place with purpose wholly to abandon it, under circumstances which are likely to result in serious physical injury or death.”

Abandonment of a child in the first degree is a class B felony.

Section 568.032 of Missouri’s Revised Statutes provides: “A person commits the crime of abandonment of a child in the second degree if, as a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than eight years old, he leaves the child in any place with purpose wholly to abandon it, under circumstances which are likely to result in serious physical injury or death.”

Abandonment of a child in the second degree is a class D felony.



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