New York Consolidated Laws, Penal Law - PEN § 260.00 Abandonment of a child

1. A person is guilty of abandonment of a child when, being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than fourteen years old, he or she deserts such child in any place with intent to wholly abandon such child.

2. A person is not guilty of the provisions of this section when he or she engages in the conduct described in subdivision one of this section:  (a) with the intent that the child be safe from physical injury and cared for in an appropriate manner;  (b) the child is left with an appropriate person, or in a suitable location and the person who leaves the child promptly notifies an appropriate person of the child's location;  and (c) the child is not more than thirty days old.

Abandonment of a child is a class E felony.


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