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21-5605. Abandonment of a child; aggravated abandonment of a child. (a) Abandonment of a child is leaving a child under the age of 16 years, in a place where such child may suffer because of neglect by the parent, guardian or other person to whom the care and custody of such child shall have been entrusted, when done with intent to abandon such child.

(b) Aggravated abandonment of a child is abandonment of a child, as defined in subsection (a), which results in great bodily harm.

(c) (1) Abandonment of a child is a severity level 8, person felony.

(2) Aggravated abandonment of a child is a severity level 5, person felony.

(d) No parent or other person having lawful custody of an infant shall be prosecuted for a violation of subsection (a), if such parent or person surrenders custody of an infant in the manner provided by K.S.A. 38-2282, and amendments thereto, and if such infant has not suffered great bodily harm.

(e) A person who violates the provisions of this section may also be prosecuted for, convicted of, and punished for any form of battery or homicide.

History: L. 2010, ch. 136, § 82; L. 2023, ch. 70, § 3; May 4.

Source or Prior Law:

21-3604, 21-3604a.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Immunity from prosecution for abandonment of a child in cases involving relinquishment under this section, see 38-2282.

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