Recently a child with autism was left unattended on a bus for over 6 hours. Under current California law, that could be considered child neglect or potential child endangerment. It is still unclear who was ultimately responsible for this, but certainly there is potential of a criminal charge being filed if this was done intentionally or with negligence. The school district also may face civil sanctions if determined the child was in the care of the district at the time he was left alone. Although the child was not injured, child endangerment can be charged if the conduct (or lack thereof) created a dangerous situation. A child with autism left alone on a bus would be considered dangerous and endangered his life and well-being.
If you find yourself accused of child abuse or any serious crime it is critical you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney before speaking to law enforcement. Your attorney will review the facts of the case, conduct an investigation, interview potential witnesses and assess your possible criminal liability.
If you or your loved one is facing child abuse charges or child endangerment charges, you need to call our office now for a free consultation, 888-280-6839. We have over 30 years of experience successfully defending clients accused of these charges. With offices in the San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego and Orange Counties, we will be there when you call.