Child Endangerment laws make it a crime to endanger the health or life of a child through an adult's recklessness or indifference. California Penal Code 273(a) punishes acts of child endangerment. Simply put, this crime occurs when an individual either (1) places a child in a dangerous situation, or (2) allows a child to be placed in a dangerous situation without taking steps to protect the child.
Common examples of child endangerment include:
If convicted of felony child endangerment, your sentence may include any or all of the following:
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