In Maine, it is a crime to recklessly endanger the health, safety or welfare of the child by violating a duty of care or protection. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime. 17A Me. Code Rev. § 553-A.
Maine law limits neglect to “threats to a child’s health or welfare by physical, mental or emotional injury or impairment, sexual abuse or exploitation, including deprivation of essential needs or lack of protection” from these or failure to ensure compliance with school attendance requirements under Title 20-A, section 3272, subsection 2, paragraph B or section 5051-A, subsection 1, paragraph C, 22 Me. Code Rev. § 4002. However, policies show that Maine does treat the lack of supervision even without a high degree of harm as neglect.
This webpage is not a legal document, and Let Grow does not take responsibility for the content. Be mindful that some localities have rules and guidelines even when the state does not. When in doubt, consult your local authorities to confirm the laws where you live. What’s more, laws change, as do judicial interpretations of them, and this webpage may not be updated immediately.
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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