Cruelty to children; increases penalty to a Class 4 felony. (HB673)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to children; penalty. Increases the penalty from a Class 6 felony to a Class 4 felony for any person employing or having custody of a child to willfully cause or permit such child to be tortured physically or psychologically, tormented, mutilated, beaten, or cruelly treated. The bill includes such offense in the definition of "violent felony" for purposes of determining felony sentencing guidelines. The bill also includes willful and negligent acts of cruelty and injuries to children in offenses prohibiting a person from operating or residing in a family day home and provides that a conviction is a barrier crime for persons providing care to certain children or the elderly or disabled. Read the Bill »


12/04/2020: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101936D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB673)
02/04/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/06/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107948D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB673H1)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107948D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB673H1
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB673H1)
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2020Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20108644D-S1
02/24/2020Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/04/2020Left in Judiciary