what is the definition of child endangerment charges?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You don't specify a state, so I will tell you the answer in the state where I live, which is California.

    Misdemeanor child endangerment consists of either:

    (1) willfully causing or permitting any child to suffer, or

    (2) inflicting on any child unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or

    (3) having the care or custody of any child, either

    (a) willfully causing or permitting the person or health of that child to be injured, or

    (b) willfully causing or permitting that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health is endangered.

    Felony child endangerment consists of doing any of the foregoing under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death.

    Source(s): Cal. Pen. Code, § 273a, subd. (a); People v. Valdez (2002) 27 Cal.4th 778.
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