2022 New York Laws
PEN - Penal
Part 3 - Specific Offenses
Title O - Offenses Against Marriage, the Family, and the Welfare of Children and Incompetents
Article 260 - Offenses Relating to Children, Disabled Persons and Vulnerable Elderly Persons
260.00 - Abandonment of a Child.

Universal Citation: NY Penal L § 260.00 (2022)
§ 260.00 Abandonment of a child.

1. A person is guilty of abandonment of a child when, being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than fourteen years old, he or she deserts such child in any place with intent to wholly abandon such child.

2. A person is not guilty of the provisions of this section when he or she engages in the conduct described in subdivision one of this section: (a) with the intent that the child be safe from physical injury and cared for in an appropriate manner; (b) the child is left with an appropriate person, or in a suitable location and the person who leaves the child promptly notifies an appropriate person of the child's location; and (c) the child is not more than thirty days old.

Abandonment of a child is a class E felony.


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