Child Abuse Penalties
An act relating to criminal law; increasing the penalty for intentional abuse of a child twelve to eighteen years of age that results in the death of the child to a first degree felony resulting in the death of a child; declaring an emergency.
- House Bill 100 amends Section 30-6-1 to make intentional abuse of a child resulting in death a first degree felony resulting in the death of a child (which carries a life sentence) regardless of the child’s age. Currently, life sentences are reserved for intentional child abuse that results in the death of a child less than twelve years of age; intentional child abuse resulting in the death of a child twelve to eighteen years of age is presently punished as a first-degree felony (which carries a mandatory 18 year sentence). (Source: NMLegis.gov)
- Viante New Mexico supports this bill because we need to make New Mexico a safe place for all youth and hold the people who do not agree with this principle and making our crime rate worse, accountable for their actions.