2010 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 3 - Offenses Involving Families, Dependents, Etc
Chapter 27 - Offenses Against Children or Incompetents
Subchapter 2 - Offenses Generally
§ 5-27-205 - Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree.

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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