BALTIMORE, Md. (October 3, 2011) – TODAY, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will be joined by representatives from child advocacy organizations, members of law enforcement, and state and local officials at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center for an event to recognize Maryland’s Child Neglect Law, which takes effect on October 1st.
Under the new law, which was championed by Lt. Governor Brown during this year’s session of the General Assembly, child neglect is a misdemeanor crime subject to imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine up to $5,000 or both. The law seeks to penalize only adults who deliberately neglect their children. Those parents or guardians who are unable to sufficiently care for their children due to an involuntary condition, such as poverty or homelessness, would not be prosecuted. In three previous years, bills to criminalize child neglect had come before the General Assembly and failed.
The Lt. Governor will also tour the Baltimore Child Abuse Center and present the Center with a Governor’s Proclamation in recognition of their outstanding efforts and commitment to serving and protecting child victims of neglect and physical and sexual abuse. Baltimore Child Abuse Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides all reported victims of child abuse in Baltimore City and their non-offending caretakers with comprehensive interviews, medical treatment, and crisis counseling services. Baltimore Child Abuse Center is the oldest children’s advocacy center in Maryland and served close to 1,000 children in 2010. For more information, visit: www.BaltimoreChildAbuseCenter.org.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Recognize Child Neglect Law Going Into Effect
WHERE: Baltimore Child Abuse Center
2300 North Charles Street
WHEN: TODAY, October 3, 2011, 10:45 AM