In most states, child abuse or negligence may be charged as either a felony or a less serious offence, depending on the circumstances. The most severe cases of child abuse can carry felony lifetime sentences, while the least serious cases are considered gross misdemeanors which could potentially result in no prison time. Punishment will typically be more severe if the offender has a prior record of criminal child abuse activity and greatly reduced if there is no prior record.
For sentencing purposes, a person charged with child abuse or negligence may enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. In a large number of cases, sentencing can include probation or a prison term of up to five years.
Sentencing in more serious cases may include a longer prison term.
Other possible penalties and/or consequences can include:
Lifetime requirement to register as a child sexual offender
Termination of parental rights
No right to bear a child
Supervised access to the child
Physical or actual loss and enjoyment of a child
Continual involvement with a child protective services agency
*that swimming pool should have been hedged.
We disagree with the above opinion because it appears to be senseless and baseless as no real parent would intentionally neglet their child for death and we believe this is the wrong time for these lawyers to be peddling such theories in attempt to revive their dead careers.