South Dakota has no specialized criminal code for crimes against children. It would be difficult to prosecute someone under South Dakota law for letting a child be alone, given the lack of a statute making that action a crime.
S.D. Codified Laws § 26-8A-2 make lack of supervision a neglect ground. South Dakota’s neglect law is broad and includes lack of care and injurious environment language.
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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