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ยง 260.10 Endangering the welfare of a child.

A person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child when:
1. He knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the
physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years
old or directs or authorizes such child to engage in an occupation
involving a substantial risk of danger to his life or health; or
2. Being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the
care or custody of a child less than eighteen years old, he fails or
refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the control of such child to
prevent him from becoming an "abused child," a "neglected child," a
"juvenile delinquent" or a "person in need of supervision," as those
terms are defined in articles ten, three and seven of the family court

Endangering the welfare of a child is a class A misdemeanor.


Thousands of people are charged in New York City with this crime. This is the fallback position of prosecutors and police officers when no other charge applies. Prosecutors will demand that the defendant plead guilty to this charge to avoid more serious charges. If you have been charged with Endangering the Welfare of Child contact, The Law Offices of Michael S. Discioarro, LLC.