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  568.050.  Endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree, penalties. — 1.  A person commits the offense of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree if he or she:

  (1)  With criminal negligence acts in a manner that creates a substantial risk to the life, body or health of a child less than seventeen years of age; or

  (2)  Knowingly encourages, aids or causes a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in any conduct which causes or tends to cause the child to come within the provisions of paragraph (d) of subdivision (2) of subsection 1 or subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031; or

  (3)  Being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than seventeen years of age, recklessly fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the care or control of such child to prevent him or her from coming within the provisions of paragraph (c) of subdivision (1) of subsection 1 or paragraph (d) of subdivision (2) of subsection 1 or subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031; or

  (4)  Knowingly encourages, aids or causes a child less than seventeen years of age to enter into any room, building or other structure which is a public nuisance as defined in section 579.105.

  2.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to mean the welfare of a child is endangered for the sole reason that he or she is being provided nonmedical remedial treatment recognized and permitted under the laws of this state.

  3.  The offense of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor unless the offense is committed as part of an act or series of acts performed by two or more persons as part of an established or prescribed pattern of activity, in which case the offense is a class E felony.

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(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1984 H.B. 1616, A.L. 1988 H.B. 1340 & 1348, A.L. 1990 H.B. 1030 merged with H.B. 1370, et al., A.L. 2005 H.B. 353 and H.B. 972 merged with S.B. 37, et al., A.L. 2005 1st Ex. Sess. H.B. 2, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

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(1984) The state is required to prove that defendant knowingly encouraged a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in conduct tending to injure the child's welfare; knowing the child to be less than seventeen is a material element of the crime. Recklessness is not sufficient.  State v. Nations (Mo. App.), 676 S.W.2d 282.


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