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21-5602. Abuse of a child. (a) Abuse of a child is knowingly:

(1) Torturing or cruelly beating any child under the age of 18 years;

(2) shaking any child under the age of 18 years which results in great bodily harm to the child; or

(3) inflicting cruel and inhuman corporal punishment upon any child under the age of 18 years.

(b) Abuse of a child is a:

(1) Severity level 5, person felony, except as provided in subsection (b)(2); and

(2) severity level 4, person felony, if the victim is under the age of six years.

(c) A person who violates the provisions of this section may also be prosecuted for, convicted of, and punished for any form of battery or homicide.

History: L. 2010, ch. 136, § 79; L. 2011, ch. 30, § 285; L. 2019, ch. 59, § 6; July 1.

Source or Prior Law:

21-3609.


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