Enabling Child Abuse or Neglect in Oklahoma

The crimes of child abuse and child neglect are taken very seriously in Oklahoma. Under our state’s statutes, these offenses are considered felonies and can result in significant jail time and heavy fines. However, you can also be charged with enabling child abuse or neglect under certain circumstances.

What Is Enabling Child Abuse or Neglect?

You may be charged with enabling child abuse or neglect if you knowingly place a child in a situation that could result in harm to his or her health, safety or welfare. In other words, even if you don’t physically commit or threaten harm to a child, you can be charged if you allow another person the opportunity to harm the child. This includes actual or threatened physical abuse, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation.

What Are the Penalties for Enabling Abuse or Neglect?

Just like child abuse and neglect, the crimes of enabling harm or neglect are considered felonies. If convicted of the charges, you could face:

  • Up to $5,000 fine
  • Up to life in prison, depending on the circumstances

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