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Rs 14:93 Cruelty To Juveniles

§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,

or both.

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.

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Louisiana
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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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