Child abuse; ingestion of drugs by pregnant woman, penalty. (HB2337)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Ingestion of drugs by pregnant woman as child abuse; penalty. Provides that any pregnant female who intentionally ingests a Schedule I or II controlled substance without a prescription or, if prescribed for her, in a manner inconsistent with the prescription is guilty of an act so gross, wanton and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life and is guilty of child abuse and neglect, a Class 6 felony. Presence in the pregnant female's bloodstream of an illegal Schedule I or II controlled substance or a legal Schedule I or II controlled substance in a quantity inconsistent with her prescription raises an inference that the substance was ingested intentionally. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 074397306
01/09/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2337)
01/16/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law