Last week a mother was charged with murder as well as the Nevada crime of child abuse in connection with her one-year-old son's death a year and a half ago. The mother claims to have taken her son to a UMC Quick Care prior to his death, but investigators found no record of this visit. She's currently incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center.
Nevada Murder SentencingThe Nevada crime of child abuse occurs when someone endangers, neglects, or inflicts physical, mental or sexual abuse on a child under eighteen years old. Typical defenses to child abuse charges are that the child had an innocent accident, or that the defendant was acting in self-defense.
Another defense is that the child made up the abuse allegations in order to “get back at” the defendant, and sometimes the child will even wound themselves to back up the story.
Penalties for the Nevada crime of child abuse depend on the severity of the incident and the child's age. Willfully causing a child under fourteen sexual abuse that results in substantial bodily or mental harm is a category A felony carrying a life sentence with parole possibly after fifteen years. Meanwhile, permitting a child to be abused without resulting in substantial bodily or mental harm is a gross misdemeanor carrying up to a year in jail and/or $2,000 in fines.
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