Child endangerment; willful act or omission, etc., to provide necessary care for child's health. (HB1996)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child endangerment; child abuse; penalty.  Provides that any parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of a child under the age of 18 who by willful act or omission or refusal to provide any necessary care for the child's health maliciously causes or permits serious injury to the life or health of the child is guilty of a Class 3 felony. If the person is at least seven years older than the child and the child is less than 15 years of age, the person shall be punished by a term of imprisonment of five years to 30 years, five of which shall be a mandatory minimum sentence, and, for a second or subsequent violation, by a term of 10 years to 40 years, 10 years of which shall be a mandatory minimum sentence. The bill also relocates the crime of child endangerment to Title 18.2 (Crimes and Offenses Generally) from Title 40.1 (Labor and Employment) in order to emphasize its general application, but does not make any substantive changes to the language of the relocated statute. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103097D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2011Impact statement from (HB1996)
01/12/2011Impact statement from VCSC (HB1996)
02/02/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/08/2011Left in Courts of Justice