The New Jersey criminal code makes it a crime for anyone with responsibility for a child’s care to make the child an abused or neglected child (as defined in R.S.9:6-1 , R.S.9:6-3 , and section 1 of P.L.1974, c. 119 ( C.9:6-8.21 ). This statute criminalizes the state’s vague and broad neglect law.
New Jersey defines neglect very broadly as willfully failing to provide proper and sufficient food, clothing, maintenance, regular school education as required by law, medical attendance or surgical treatment, and a clean and proper home, or failure to do or permit to be done any act necessary for the child’s physical or moral well-being. (Lack of supervision is not specifically enumerated). R.S.9:6-1 , R.S.9:6-3 , and section 1 of P.L.1974, ch. 119 ( C.9:6-8.21). The state’s child welfare website has the broad statement that “lack of supervision is neglect.” The policy manual includes the label of neglect when “Caregiver does not or cannot attend to the child so that care goes unnoticed or unmet (for example: although the caregiver may be present, the child can wander outdoors alone, play with dangerous objects, play on unprotected window ledge, or be exposed to other serious hazards). Caregiver leaves child alone (time period varies with age and developmental stage).” And a policy states “never leave a child in a car even for a minute” (with no age limits/conditions stated) REFERENCE
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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