Prosecutors want to expand child abuse crimes
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.
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