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A00271
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
288
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY SIMMONS, BOBACK, TOOHIL, METCALFE, READSHAW,
JAMES, MACKENZIE, RYAN, MILLARD, BARRAR, OTTEN, HILL-EVANS,
MIZGORSKI, YOUNGBLOOD, DeLUCA, TOEPEL, FREEMAN, STRUZZI,
KORTZ, T. DAVIS, DRISCOLL AND SAYLOR, JANUARY 30, 2019
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, JANUARY 30, 2019
AN ACT
Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in offenses against the family,
further providing for the offense of concealing death of
child.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 4303(a) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended and the section is amended by
adding a subsection subsections to read:
ยง 4303. Concealing death of child.
(a) Offense defined.--A person is guilty of a [misdemeanor
of the first degree] felony of the third degree if he or she as
a parent, individual residing in the same household as the child
or an individual responsible for the child's welfare endeavors
privately, either alone or by the procurement of others, to
conceal the death of [his or her] the child, so that it may not
come to light, whether it was born dead or alive or whether it
was murdered or not.
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(c) Nonapplicability.--This section shall not apply if the
person charged is:
(1) a child under 14 years of age; or
(2) a child under 18 years of age with an intellectua l
disability acting under the direction of the child's parent,
an individual residing in the same household as the child or
an individual responsible for the child's welfare.
(c) (d) Definition.--As used in this section, the term
"parent" means a natural parent, stepparent, adoptive parent,
guardian or an individual involved in an intimate relationship
with the child's parent.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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