Missouri State Senate

Introduced

SB 766 - A person commits child abuse when knowing that she is pregnant, chronically and severely exposes an unborn child to alcohol or a controlled substance during pregnancy and such child, at birth, is demonstrably adversely affected by such exposure. Child abuse is a Class C felony.

A person commits child endangerment in the second degree when knowing that she is pregnant, chronically and severely exposes an unborn child to a controlled substance during pregnancy. Child endangerment is a Class A misdemeanor.

If a person pleads guilty to or is found guilty of such offenses, the court shall order a juvenile officer to take the child into protective custody immediately or as soon as reasonably possible after the birth of the child if such child is unborn at the time of the plea or finding of guilt.

This act is similar to SB 676 (2007).

SUSAN HENDERSON MOORE

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