Criminal Abandonment — Louisiana

Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorney


Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. — Serving clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. John, Assumption and Plaquemines Parishes.



Criminal Abandonment — La R.S. 14:79.1

Criminal abandonment is any of the following:

The intentional physical abandonment of a minor child under the age of 10 years by the child’s parent or legal guardian by leaving the minor child unattended and to his own care when the evidence demonstrates that the child’s parent or legal guardian did not intend to return to the minor child or provide for adult supervision of the minor child.

The intentional physical abandonment of an aged or disabled person by a caregiver as defined in R.S. 14:93.3 who is compensated for providing care to such person. For the purpose of this Paragraph an aged person shall mean any individual who is 60 years of age or older.



Whoever commits the crime of criminal abandonment shall be fined not more than $1,000.00, or be imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.

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