HB4005 S JUDICIARY AMT
The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:
Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4005--A Bill to amend and reenact §61-8D-1, §61-8D-3, §61-8D-4 and §61-8D-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to offenses of child abuse and neglect by a parent, guardian or custodian; defining terms and creating exceptions to terms; creating a criminal offense for child abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian which creates a substantial risk of bodily injury; establishing misdemeanor penalties for a first and second offense; providing that those convicted of a first or second offense may be required to undergo certain counseling; making a conviction of a third or subsequent offense a felony and establishing criminal penalties; stating that reasonable discipline of a child is not precluded by the child abuse crimes; making it a felony for a parent, guardian or custodian to grossly neglect a child which creates substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death; creating a criminal offense of child neglect by a parent, guardian or custodian which creates a substantial risk of bodily injury with misdemeanor penalties for first and second offenses and felony penalties for third and subsequent offenses; providing that a parent, guardian or custodian convicted of a misdemeanor is not required to register as a person convicted of child abuse or neglect or suffer other potential collateral consequences; permitting a person convicted of a misdemeanor to also be required to complete certain counseling; providing that a parent, guardian or custodian convicted of a misdemeanor is not required to register as a person convicted of child abuse or neglect and may not, solely because of the conviction, have their custody, visitation or parental rights automatically restricted; and requiring the court to declare a person an abusing parent under article six, chapter forty-nine of this code if they are convicted of a felony offense under this article.