Crimes Against Children: Neglect

Child neglect is the failure of a parent or other person, who has permanent or temporary care, custody or responsibility for supervision, to give proper care and attention to a child.

This may include leaving a child unattended where the child’s health or welfare is harmed or placed in substantial risk of harm, or the child suffers from  mental injury or is placed in substantial risk of mental injury.

Child’s basic needs are both physical and emotional, and may include:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Education
  • Access to medical care
  • Housing