§93. Cruelty to juveniles
A. Cruelty to juveniles is:
(1) The intentional or criminally negligent mistreatment or neglect by anyone
seventeen years of age or older of any child under the age of seventeen whereby unjustifiable
pain or suffering is caused to said child. Lack of knowledge of the child's age shall not be
a defense; or
(2) The intentional or criminally negligent exposure by anyone seventeen years of
age or older of any child under the age of seventeen to a clandestine laboratory operation as
defined by R.S. 40:983 in a situation where it is foreseeable that the child may be physically
harmed. Lack of knowledge of the child's age shall not be a defense.
(3) The intentional or criminally negligent allowing of any child under the age of
seventeen years by any person over the age of seventeen years to be present during the
manufacturing, distribution, or purchasing or attempted manufacturing, distribution, or
purchasing of a controlled dangerous substance in violation of the Uniform Controlled
Dangerous Substances Law. Lack of knowledge of the child's age shall not be a defense.
B. The providing of treatment by a parent or tutor in accordance with the tenets of
a well-recognized religious method of healing, in lieu of medical treatment, shall not for that
reason alone be considered to be criminally negligent mistreatment or neglect of a child. The
provisions of this Subsection shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this
Section. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the provisions of R.S. 40:1299.36.1*.
C. The trial judge shall have the authority to issue any necessary orders to protect the
safety of the child during the pendency of the criminal action and beyond its conclusion.
D. Whoever commits the crime of cruelty to juveniles shall be fined not more than
one thousand dollars or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than ten years,
Acts 1985, No. 827, §1; Acts 2004, No. 143, §1; Acts 2008, No. 7, §1.
*NOTE: R.S. 40:1299.36.1 was terminated by Acts 1999, No. 788, §3.