Washington Revised Code Title 9A. Washington Criminal Code § 9A.42.037. Criminal mistreatment in the fourth degree

(1) A person is guilty of the crime of criminal mistreatment in the fourth degree if the person is the parent of a child, is a person entrusted with the physical custody of a child or other dependent person, is a person who has assumed the responsibility to provide to a dependent person the basic necessities of life, or is a person employed to provide to the child or dependent person the basic necessities of life, and either:

(a) With criminal negligence, creates an imminent and substantial risk of bodily injury to a child or dependent person by withholding any of the basic necessities of life;  or

(b) With criminal negligence, causes bodily injury or extreme emotional distress manifested by more than transient physical symptoms to a child or dependent person by withholding the basic necessities of life.

(2) For purposes of this section, “a person who has assumed the responsibility to provide to a dependent person the basic necessities of life” means a person other than:  (a) A government agency that regularly provides assistance or services to dependent persons, including but not limited to the department of social and health services;  or (b) a good samaritan as defined in RCW 9A.42.010 .

(3) Criminal mistreatment in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor.


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