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Crowe seeks harsher penalties for child endangerment

Sen. Rachelle CroweSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is pushing legislation for stronger sentences on those who intentionally harm a child’s physical, mental or emotional health.

The measure creates a mid-level offense for a guardian who knowingly deprives a child of food, shelter, supervision and health care.

“Deliberately punishing a child to the point of starvation is despicable,” Crowe said. “This legislation is critical to holding parents and guardians accountable for their actions for the well-being of the child.”

Currently, people commit a Class A misdemeanor for child endangerment. Under this legislation, if found guilty, the person would be charged with a Class 4 felony, resulting in up to one to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

Senate Bill 414 was approved by the Senate today and will move to the House for further consideration.

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Committee of the Whole; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart