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How to Handle Child Neglect Charges

child-neglect-jacksonville_180x120According to WPTV News Channel 5, a woman has been released on bond after being arrested for shoplifting, and cruelty towards a child.

As reported by police, Crystal Whitaker from Lake Park, Fla., shoplifted about $300 worth of merchandise from a JCPenney store while leaving a 10-month-old child in the hands of another child.

Whitaker has been charged with Shoplifting, Cruelty Toward a Child, Child Neglect, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

She was arrested and held in Palm Beach County Jail. Her bond was set at $6,000 and she has since been released.

Florida Child Neglect Law

According to Florida Statute 827.03, “Neglect of a Child” means:

  1. A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child; or
  2. A caregiver’s failure to make a reasonable effort to protect a child from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by another person.

A person who willfully, or by culpable negligence, neglects a child and in so doing causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the child commits a felony of the second degree, punishable by 15 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.

Florida Child Neglect Defense

If you have been accused of child neglect and need some support and information about your circumstances, consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense attorney will conduct an investigation and help you build your case.

Children are the most precious things we have in our lives, and we need to protect them. Have a criminal defense lawyer help you build a case so you can keep your children and provide the best possible life for them.

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