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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 3, 2014 03:09 PM
From: Representative Rob W. Kauffman
To: All House members
Subject: Endangering a Child
 
Section 4304 of the Crimes Code establishes the crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (EWOC). Currently, the grading of the offense makes no distinction between an offender who places a very young child at risk versus an older child, or the degree of harm that could have resulted from the conduct. It simply prohibits a parent or guardian, or person supervising the welfare of a child under 18 years of age, from placing a child at risk of harm, grading it as a misdemeanor of the third degree unless part of a course of conduct in which case it is a felony of the third degree.

I will soon be re-introducing legislation which will reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim in the grading. EWOC would constitute a felony of the third degree if the conduct placed the child at risk of death or serious bodily injury, and a felony of the second degree if it was part of a continuous course of conduct. Also, the grading would be increased one level if the child is under the age of 6 years old.

I believe this legislation is an important step that will help us better protect the most vulnerable children from the most serious forms of harm. Please consider joining me in co-sponsorship of this legislation.

Previous Co-sponsors: BOBACK, WATSON, BAKER, MAJOR, MILLARD, COHEN, LUCAS, GINGRICH, McNEILL, QUINN, MURT and ROCK



Introduced as HB74