What is Child Neglect?
33rd Street Bail Bonds wants to educate you on child neglect. According to the state of Florida,” child neglect occurs when a caregiver willfully or negligently fails to take reasonable steps to protect the welfare of a child.” This includes: care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to: food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services.
Other forms of neglect…
Unfortunately, there are many stories of child neglect throughout the country. In Tulsa, a couple was charged with child neglect after their children were found living in a home with no running water, untreated bug problems, and pet feces throughout the home. In Maryland, a husband and wife were charged with child neglect after it was discovered that their two children were being barricaded in their room with a door that had bars as part of it. The children were found to have developmental delays due to neglect. The two children were also covered in flea bites and diagnosed with other health problems including an addiction to sleeping pills.
Closer to home, a couple in Sarasota were arrested and charged with five counts of child neglect without great bodily harm. A search of their home turned up human waste on the floor, insects everywhere, no running water, rotten food, and a crack pipe sitting next to an empty bottle of pills. In this case, law enforcement was tipped off by a phone call advising them of the situation.
Child Neglect Charges
Charges and punishment for child neglect vary based on whether the alleged offender has a previous criminal history and whether bodily harm, disfigurement, or disability occurred due to the neglect. Child neglect can result in being charged with a third-degree felony and serve up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation, and be fined up to $5,000. When bodily harm occurs, child neglect is a second-degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison or 15 years of probation and up to a $10,000 fine. A conviction can also impact parental rights or result in complete loss of parental rights.
About 33rd Street Bail Bonds
33rd Street Bail Bonds helps clients facing numerous charges including child neglect, DUI, drug trafficking, and more. To start the bail bond process, please call 407-425-7200 or 407-425-3303. A bail bondsman is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to assist you. All of our bail bondsman are experienced and knowledgeable. We are here to help guide you through the ins and outs of the bail bond process. We can answer your questions, assist with paperwork, and explain the bail bond process.
33rd Street Bail Bonds is the oldest and most trusted bail bond agency in Central Florida. We are family owned and operated since 1971. We serve all of Central Florida including Seminole, Orange, Lake, Osceola, and Volusia counties. We can help you too! Please call us at 407-425-7200 or 407-425-3303 to start the bail bond process. 33rd Street Bail Bonds is the name you can trust!