2012 Missouri Revised Statutes
TITLE XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
Chapter 210 Child Protection and Reformation
Section 210.165 Penalty for violation.
Penalty for violation.
210.165. 1. Any person violating any provision of sections 210.110 to 210.165 is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
2. Any person who intentionally files a false report of child abuse or neglect shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
3. Every person who has been previously convicted of making a false report to the division of family services and who is subsequently convicted of making a false report under subsection 2 of this section is guilty of a class D felony and shall be punished as provided by law.
4. Evidence of prior convictions of false reporting shall be heard by the court, out of the hearing of the jury, prior to the submission of the case to the jury, and the court shall determine the existence of the prior convictions.
(L. 1975 H.B. 578 12, A.L. 1982 H.B. 1171, et al., A.L. 1986 S.B. 470)
(2004) Section criminalizing failure to report child abuse is not unconstitutional under void for vagueness doctrine. State v. Brown, 140 S.W.3d 51 (Mo.banc).
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