Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 14, § 35.2. . Simple battery of persons with infirmities

A. Simple battery of persons with infirmities is a battery committed against a person who is infirm, has a disability, or is aged and who is incapable of consenting to the battery due to either of the following:

(1) Advanced age.

(2) Unsoundness of mind, stupor, abnormal condition of the mind, or other mental or developmental disability, regardless of the age of the victim.

B. For purposes of this Section, “person who is infirm, has a disability, or is aged” shall include but not be limited to any individual who is a resident of a nursing home, facility for persons with intellectual disabilities, mental health facility, hospital, or other residential facility, or any individual who is sixty years of age or older.  Lack of knowledge of the person's age shall not be a defense.

C. Whoever commits the crime of battery of persons with infirmities shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars and imprisoned not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both.


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