Alabama’s Criminal Code 13A-13-6 has an odd definition of child endangerment which prohibits children from engaging in a dangerous occupation if they are less than 16 years old. The same code very broadly prohibits children from engaging in conduct that is not “reasonably diligent” or that allows the child to become dependent. In effect, this Code provision treats anyone who meets the broad neglect definition as a potential criminal–an extremely expansive statement of criminal jurisdiction. Using concepts like “dependency” that have such an unlimited sweep is an overly broad approach to criminal culpability. In addition, Alabama Code prohibits leaving a child in a vehicle. (See Code section 13A-11-290, also called the Amiyah White Act).
Alabama Code § 26-14-1, §26-16-2 explicitly makes lack of supervision a type of neglect.
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Right now, most states’ neglect laws are incredibly open-ended. They say things like, “Parent must provide proper supervision.” We agree! But people have different ideas of what that entails. Select a state below to learn more about their laws, policies and how Let Grow is helping.
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