2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 3 - Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 6 - Abuse and Other Offensive Conduct
§ 3-602.1. Neglect of a minor

  • (a) Definitions. --

    • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

    • (2) "Family member" has the meaning stated in § 3-601 of this subtitle.

    • (3) "Household member" has the meaning stated in § 3-601 of this subtitle.

    • (4) "Mental injury" means the substantial impairment of a minor's mental or psychological ability to function.

    • (5)

      • (i) "Neglect" means the intentional failure to provide necessary assistance and resources for the physical needs or mental health of a minor that creates a substantial risk of harm to the minor's physical health or a substantial risk of mental injury to the minor.

      • (ii) "Neglect" does not include the failure to provide necessary assistance and resources for the physical needs or mental health of a minor when the failure is due solely to a lack of financial resources or homelessness.

  • (b) Prohibition. -- A parent, family member, household member, or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for the supervision of a minor may not neglect the minor.

  • (c) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of the misdemeanor of child neglect and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $ 5,000 or both.

  • (d) Sentence. -- A sentence imposed under this section shall be in addition to any other sentence imposed for a conviction arising from the same facts and circumstances unless the evidence required to prove each crime is substantially identical.

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