16 S.C.C.L. is South Carolina’s criminal code. It is silent as to child endangerment due to neglect except under its driving-under-the-influence”(DUI) law at 56 S.C.C.L. 5-2947.
63 S.C.C.L 3, the Juvenile/Family Court law, has broad language that treats neglect as the lack of proper care and a child is neglected if their parent engages in a “behavior” or “occupation” or is in an environment that injures or endangers others. However, S. 79, a bill modeled on Utah’s “Free Range/independent activities” law, passed the South Carolina Senate; it would protect against the use of this law in cases of children left alone unsupervised in when they are reasonably believed to be mature enough.
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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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