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
260.15 - Endangering the Welfare of a Child; Defense.

Universal Citation: NY Penal L § 260.15 (2022)
§ 260.15 Endangering the welfare of a child; defense.

In any prosecution for endangering the welfare of a child, pursuant to section 260.10 of this article, based upon an alleged failure or refusal to provide proper medical care or treatment to an ill child, it is an affirmative defense that the defendant (a) is a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of such child; and (b) is a member or adherent of an organized church or religious group the tenets of which prescribe prayer as the principal treatment for illness; and (c) treated or caused such ill child to be treated in accordance with such tenets.


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