Penal Code 270 PC: Child Neglect

PC §270: Child Neglect

Child neglect occurs when a parent willfully fails to provide their child with the necessities. Necessities include: Food and water, clothing, shelter and/or medical care.

A parent who is unable to provide their child with shelter because they have fallen on hard times is not guilty of neglect because they are not willfully depriving their child. However, they may still lose custody of the child, so that the child can hopefully get the care they need.

Child Neglect
Under PC §270, child neglect is always processed as a misdemeanor. Child neglect is not viewed quite as harshly as child abuse under California law. The potential penalties are:

Up to one year in jail
Up to $2,000 in fines
Summary probation