Prosecutors Propose 5 Changes to Expand Child Abuse Crimes
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking the Montana Legislature to expand the list of child abuse crimes.
The Senate Judiciary Committee listened Thursday to the proposal that creates a new crime of criminal child endangerment. The measure was drafted by Montana county attorneys.
It would punish those who drive drunk with a child in the car, fail to get medical care for an apparent life-threatening condition, place a child in the care of a known abuser, deal dangerous drugs with children in the home, or fail to provide proper nutrition.
The new crime would carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years and require registration as a violent offender.
Supporters say the new crimes are needed to intervene earlier in cases of abused children.
The panel did not take immediate action.