Endangering a child’s life or health, by violating a duty of care of support, is a crime under Wyo. Stat. Code § 6-4-403.
Neglect means a failure or refusal by those responsible for the child’s welfare to provide adequate care, maintenance, supervision, education or medical, surgical or any other care necessary for the child’s well-being. Wyo. Stat. Code § 14-3-202. Wyoming does have a broad “reasonable and prudent parent” statute that protects children’s right to engage in “developmentally appropriate activities, defined as those that generally accepted as suitable for children of the same chronological age or level of maturity or that are determined to be developmentally appropriate for a child based on the development of cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral capacities that are typical for an age or age group. In the case of a specific child, “suitable for that child” is based on the developmental stages attained by the child with respect to the cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral capacities of the child. Wyo. Stat. Code § 14-13-101.
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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