Any parent, guardian or person having the care, custody or control of any child, who
shall abuse, abandon, be cruel to or neglectful of such child, or any person who shall
abuse, be cruel to or neglectful of any child shall be deemed to be guilty of a crime
of the fourth degree. If a fine be imposed, the court may direct the same to be paid in whole or in part
to the parent, or to the guardian, custodian or trustee of such minor child or children;
provided, however, that whenever in the judgment of the court it shall appear to
the best interest of the child to place it in the temporary care or custody of a society
or corporation, organized or incorporated under the laws of this State, having as
one of its objects the prevention of cruelty to children, and the society or corporation
is willing to assume such custody and control, the court may postpone sentence and
place the child in the custody of such society or corporation, and may place defendant
on probation, either with the county probation officers or an officer of the society
or corporation to which the child is ordered, and may order the parent, guardian or
person having the custody and control of such child to pay to such society or corporation
a certain stated sum for the maintenance of such child. When, however, a child is so placed in the custody of such society or corporation,
and defendant fails to make the payments as ordered by the court, the court shall
cause the arrest and arraignment before it of such defendant, and shall impose upon
the defendant the penalty provided in this section.
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