SB 157 – Under current law, a person who inflicts cruel and inhuman punishment on a child commits the crime of child abuse. This act removes "inhuman" from the current language and adds the word "excessive" in its place.

A person also commits the crime of child abuse when a person knowingly causes physical injury to a child by any means, including torturing, shaking, slamming, kicking, or neglecting the child.

Child abuse is a Class B felony if the physically injured child is under the age of two otherwise physically injuring a child is a Class C felony.


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