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S.4

Introduced by   Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Crimes and criminal procedure; children and incompetent persons; child endangerment and cruelty to incompetent persons  

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to remove the age limitation for those accused of child endangerment, expand the age range for victims of child endangerment, and increase the penalty for those convicted of either that crime or the crime of cruelty to an incompetent or vulnerable person.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE CRIME OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND PENALTIES FOR THE CRIME OF CRUELTY BY THOSE HAVING CUSTODY OF ANOTHER

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  13 V.S.A. § 1304 is amended to read:

§ 1304.  CRUELTY TO CHILDREN UNDER TEN BY ONE OVER

               SIXTEEN CHILD ENDANGERMENT

     A person over the age of sixteen years, having the custody, charge, or care of a child under ten 18 years of age, who wilfully assaults, ill treats, neglects, or abandons or exposes such the child, or causes or procures such child to be assaulted, ill-treated, neglected, abandoned, or exposed, in a manner to cause such the child unnecessary suffering, or to endanger his the child’s health, shall be imprisoned not more than two five years or fined not more than $500.00 $5,000.00, or both.

Sec. 2.  13 V.S.A. § 1305 is amended to read:

§ 1305.  Cruelty by person having custody of another

     A person having the custody, charge, care, or control of another person, who inflicts unnecessary cruelty upon such person, or unnecessarily and cruelly fails to provide such person with proper food, drink, shelter, or protection from the weather, or unnecessarily and cruelly neglects to properly care for such person, shall be imprisoned not more than one year five years or fined not more than $200.00 $5,000.00, or both.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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