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H.B. 23

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CHILD AND FAMILY PROTECTION

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Lorie D. Fowlke

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Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Committee Note:
             9          The Judiciary Interim Committee recommended this bill.
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill amends portions of the Utah Criminal Code relating to child abuse and the
             12      Pattern of Unlawful Activity Act.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    defines terms;
             16          .    includes child abandonment as a type of child abuse;
             17          .    provides that a person who commits child abandonment, or encourages or causes
             18      another to commit child abandonment, or an enterprise that encourages, commands,
             19      or causes another to commit child abandonment is:
             20              .    guilty of a felony of the third degree; or
             21              .    if the child abandonment results in serious physical injury to the child, or the
             22      person or enterprise receives any benefit as a result of the child abandonment,
             23      guilty of a felony of the second degree;
             24          .    provides that a court may order a person or enterprise to pay the costs of
             25      investigating and prosecuting a child abandonment case and the costs of securing a
             26      forfeiture provided for in this bill;
             27          .    provides that tangible or pecuniary benefits received from child abandonment are


             28      subject to criminal or civil forfeiture; and
             29          .    makes technical changes.
             30      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             31          None
             32      Other Special Clauses:
             33          None
             34      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             35      AMENDS:
             36          62A-4a-1002, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 77
             37          76-5-109, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 75
             38     
             39      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             40          Section 1. Section 62A-4a-1002 is amended to read:
             41           62A-4a-1002. Definitions.
             42          As used in this part:
             43          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), "severe type of child abuse or neglect"
             44      means:
             45          (i) if committed by a person 18 years of age or older:
             46          (A) severe or chronic physical abuse;
             47          (B) sexual abuse;
             48          (C) sexual exploitation;
             49          (D) abandonment;
             50          (E) medical neglect resulting in death, disability, or serious illness;
             51          (F) chronic neglect;
             52          (G) severe neglect;
             53          (H) chronic emotional abuse; or
             54          (I) severe emotional abuse; or
             55          (ii) if committed by a person under the age of 18:
             56          (A) serious physical injury, as defined in Subsection 76-5-109 (1)[(d)], to another child
             57      which indicates a significant risk to other children; or
             58          (B) sexual behavior with or upon another child which indicates a significant risk to


             59      other children.
             60          (b) "Severe type of child abuse or neglect" does not include:
             61          (i) the use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force by an educator in
             62      accordance with Subsection 53A-11-802 (2) or Section 76-2-401 ;
             63          (ii) a person's conduct that:
             64          (A) is justified under Section 76-2-401 ; or
             65          (B) constitutes the use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force in
             66      self-defense or otherwise appropriate to the circumstances to obtain possession of a weapon or
             67      other dangerous object in the possession or under the control of a child or to protect the child or
             68      another person from physical injury; or
             69          (iii) a health care decision made for a child by the child's parent or guardian, unless,
             70      subject to Subsection 62A-4a-1004 (2), the state or other party to the proceeding shows, by
             71      clear and convincing evidence, that the health care decision is not reasonable and informed.
             72          (2) "Significant risk" means a risk of harm that is determined to be significant in
             73      accordance with risk assessment tools and rules established by the division that focus on:
             74          (a) age;
             75          (b) social factors;
             76          (c) emotional factors;
             77          (d) sexual factors;
             78          (e) intellectual factors;
             79          (f) family risk factors; and
             80          (g) other related considerations.
             81          Section 2. Section 76-5-109 is amended to read:
             82           76-5-109. Child abuse.
             83          (1) As used in this section:
             84          (a) "Child" means a human being who is under 18 years of age.
             85          (b) (i) "Child abandonment" means that a parent or legal guardian of a child:
             86          (A) intentionally ceases to maintain physical custody of the child;
             87          (B) intentionally fails to make reasonable arrangements for the safety, care, and
             88      physical custody of the child; and
             89          (C) (I) intentionally fails to provide the child with food, shelter, or clothing;


             90          (II) manifests an intent to permanently not resume physical custody of the child; or
             91          (III) for a period of at least 30 days:
             92          (Aa) intentionally fails to resume physical custody of the child; and
             93          (Bb) fails to manifest a genuine intent to resume physical custody of the child.
             94          (ii) "Child abandonment" does not include:
             95          (A) safe relinquishment of a child pursuant to the provisions of Section 62A-4a-802 ; or
             96          (B) giving legal consent to a court order for termination of parental rights:
             97          (I) in a legal adoption proceeding; or
             98          (II) in a case where a petition for the termination of parental rights, or the termination
             99      of a guardianship, has been filed.
             100          [(b)] (c) "Child abuse" means any offense described in Subsection (2) [or], (3), or (4)
             101      or in Section 76-5-109.1 .
             102          (d) "Enterprise" is as defined in Section 76-10-1602 .
             103          [(c)] (e) "Physical injury" means an injury to or condition of a child which impairs the
             104      physical condition of the child, including:
             105          (i) a bruise or other contusion of the skin;
             106          (ii) a minor laceration or abrasion;
             107          (iii) failure to thrive or malnutrition; or
             108          (iv) any other condition which imperils the child's health or welfare and which is not a
             109      serious physical injury as defined in Subsection (1)[(d)](f).
             110          [(d)] (f) (i) "Serious physical injury" means any physical injury or set of injuries that:
             111          (A) seriously impairs the child's health;
             112          (B) involves physical torture;
             113          (C) causes serious emotional harm to the child; or
             114          (D) involves a substantial risk of death to the child.
             115          (ii) "Serious physical injury" includes:
             116          (A) fracture of any bone or bones;
             117          (B) intracranial bleeding, swelling or contusion of the brain, whether caused by blows,
             118      shaking, or causing the child's head to impact with an object or surface;
             119          (C) any burn, including burns inflicted by hot water, or those caused by placing a hot
             120      object upon the skin or body of the child;


             121          (D) any injury caused by use of a dangerous weapon as defined in Section 76-1-601 ;
             122          (E) any combination of two or more physical injuries inflicted by the same person,
             123      either at the same time or on different occasions;
             124          (F) any damage to internal organs of the body;
             125          (G) any conduct toward a child that results in severe emotional harm, severe
             126      developmental delay or retardation, or severe impairment of the child's ability to function;
             127          (H) any injury that creates a permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment
             128      of the function of a bodily member, limb, or organ;
             129          (I) any conduct that causes a child to cease breathing, even if resuscitation is successful
             130      following the conduct; or
             131          (J) any conduct that results in starvation or failure to thrive or malnutrition that
             132      jeopardizes the child's life.
             133          (2) Any person who inflicts upon a child serious physical injury or, having the care or
             134      custody of such child, causes or permits another to inflict serious physical injury upon a child is
             135      guilty of an offense as follows:
             136          (a) if done intentionally or knowingly, the offense is a felony of the second degree;
             137          (b) if done recklessly, the offense is a felony of the third degree; or
             138          (c) if done with criminal negligence, the offense is a class A misdemeanor.
             139          (3) Any person who inflicts upon a child physical injury or, having the care or custody
             140      of such child, causes or permits another to inflict physical injury upon a child is guilty of an
             141      offense as follows:
             142          (a) if done intentionally or knowingly, the offense is a class A misdemeanor;
             143          (b) if done recklessly, the offense is a class B misdemeanor; or
             144          (c) if done with criminal negligence, the offense is a class C misdemeanor.
             145          (4) A person who commits child abandonment, or encourages or causes another to
             146      commit child abandonment, or an enterprise that encourages, commands, or causes another to
             147      commit child abandonment, is:
             148          (a) except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), guilty of a felony of the third degree; or
             149          (b) guilty of a felony of the second degree, if, as a result of the child abandonment:
             150          (i) the child suffers a serious physical injury; or
             151          (ii) the person or enterprise receives, directly or indirectly, any benefit.


             152          (5) (a) In addition to the penalty described in Subsection (4)(b), the court may order the
             153      person or enterprise described in Subsection (4)(b)(ii) to pay the costs of investigating and
             154      prosecuting the offense and the costs of securing any forfeiture provided for under Subsection
             155      (5)(b).
             156          (b) Any tangible or pecuniary benefit received under Subsection (4)(b)(ii) is subject to
             157      criminal or civil forfeiture pursuant to Title 24, Chapter 1, Utah Uniform Forfeitures
             158      Procedures Act.
             159          [(4)] (6) A parent or legal guardian who provides a child with treatment by spiritual
             160      means alone through prayer, in lieu of medical treatment, in accordance with the tenets and
             161      practices of an established church or religious denomination of which the parent or legal
             162      guardian is a member or adherent shall not, for that reason alone, be considered to have
             163      committed an offense under this section.
             164          [(5)] (7) A parent or guardian of a child does not violate this section by selecting a
             165      treatment option for the medical condition of the child, if the treatment option is one that a
             166      reasonable parent or guardian would believe to be in the best interest of the child.
             167          [(6)] (8) A person is not guilty of an offense under this section for conduct that
             168      constitutes:
             169          (a) reasonable discipline or management of a child, including withholding privileges;
             170          (b) conduct described in Section 76-2-401 ; or
             171          (c) the use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force on a child:
             172          (i) in self-defense;
             173          (ii) in defense of others;
             174          (iii) to protect the child; or
             175          (iv) to remove a weapon in the possession of a child for any of the reasons described in
             176      Subsections [(6)] (8)(c)(i) through (iii).




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