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Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in Arkansas


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Arkansas Criminal Code for endangering the welfare of a minor in Arkansas
5-27-205. Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree.
(a) A person commits the offense of endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree if,
being a parent, guardian, person legally charged with care or custody of a minor, or a person
charged with supervision of a minor, he or she purposely:
(1) Engages in conduct creating a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to a
minor; or
(2) Deserts a minor less than ten (10) years old under circumstances creating a
substantial risk of death or serious physical injury.
(b) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree is a Class D felony.
(c) (1) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that a parent
voluntarily delivered a child to and left the child with, or voluntarily arranged for another person
to deliver a child to and leave the child with, a medical provider or law enforcement agency as
provided in 9-34-201 et seq.
(2) (A) Nothing in subdivision (c)(1) of this section shall be construed to create a
defense to any prosecution arising from any conduct other than the act of delivering a child as
described in subdivision (c)(1) of this section.
(B) Subdivision (c)(1) of this section specifically does not constitute a defense to
any prosecution arising from an act of abuse or neglect committed prior to the delivery of a child
to a medical provider or law enforcement agency as provided in 9-34-201 et seq.
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