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Sponsors: Reps. McGee, Leach, Vaughn, Littlejohn, Hinson, Clark, Cobb-Hunter, Simrill, Toole and Brady
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 94
Introduced in the House on January 11, 2005
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Criminal domestic violence in the presence of a child
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/15/2004 House Prefiled 12/15/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/11/2005 House Introduced and read first time HJ-114 1/11/2005 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-114 1/18/2005 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Brady
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-25-75 SO AS TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE PRESENCE OF A CHILD AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-490, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT, SO AS TO INCLUDE IN THE DEFINITION THE OFFENSE OF CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE PRESENCE OF A CHILD.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 25, Title 16 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 92 of 2003, is further amended by adding:
"Section 16-25-75. (A) As used in this section:
(1) 'in the presence of a child' means in the physical presence of a child, or having knowledge that a child is present and may see or hear an act of criminal domestic violence as defined in Sections 16-25-20 and 16-25-65; and
(2) 'child' means a person under the age of eighteen.
(B) A person is guilty of criminal domestic violence in the presence of a child if the person:
(1) commits or attempts to commit murder, as defined in Section 16-3-20, of a household member in the presence of a child;
(2) commits criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, as defined in Section 16-25-65, in the presence of a child; or
(3) commits criminal domestic violence, as defined in Section 16-25-20, in the presence of a child.
(C) A person who violates the provisions of:
(1) subsections (B)(1) or (2) is guilty of felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than five years; and
(2) subsection (B)(3) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than one year.
(D) Criminal domestic violence in the presence of a child is not a lesser-included offense of criminal domestic violence."
SECTION 2. Section 20-7-490(2) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 325 of 2002, is further amended to read:
"(2) 'Child abuse or neglect', or 'harm' occurs when the parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the child's welfare:
(a) inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon the child physical or mental injury or engages in acts or omissions which present a substantial risk of physical or mental injury to the child, including injuries sustained as a result of excessive corporal punishment, but excluding corporal punishment or physical discipline which:
(i) is administered by a parent or person in loco parentis;
(ii) is perpetrated for the sole purpose of restraining or correcting the child;
(iii) is reasonable in manner and moderate in degree;
(iv) has not brought about permanent or lasting damage to the child; and
(v) is not reckless or grossly negligent behavior by the parents.
(b) commits or allows to be committed against the child a sexual offense as defined by the laws of this State or engages in acts or omissions that present a substantial risk that a sexual offense as defined in the laws of this State would be committed against the child;
(c) fails to supply the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, or education as required
under pursuant to Article 1, of Chapter 65, of Title 59, supervision appropriate to the child's age and development, or health care though financially able to do so or offered financial or other reasonable means to do so and the failure to do so has caused causes or presents a substantial risk of causing physical or mental injury. However, a child's absences from school may not be considered abuse or neglect unless the school has made efforts to bring about the child's attendance, and those efforts were unsuccessful because of the parents' refusal of the parents to cooperate. For the purpose of this chapter 'adequate health care' includes any medical or nonmedical remedial health care permitted or authorized under pursuant to state law;
(d) abandons the child;
(e) encourages, condones, or approves the commission of delinquent acts by the child and the commission of the acts are shown to be the result of the encouragement, condonation, or approval;
(f) has committed abuse or neglect as described in
subsections items (a) through (e) such that and a child who subsequently becomes part of the person's household is at substantial risk of one of those forms of abuse or neglect .; or
(g) commits criminal domestic violence in the presence of a child as defined in Section 16-25-75."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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