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House Bill No. 5512

Public Act No. 12-112

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPORTING OF A MISSING CHILD.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 53-21a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child's health or safety, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

(b) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation, which holds a permit issued under chapter 545 for the sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises, for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child's health or safety, shall be guilty of a class D felony.

(c) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle between the hours of eight o'clock p. m. and six o'clock a. m. for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child's health or safety, shall be guilty of a class C felony.

(d) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly fails to report the disappearance of such child to an appropriate law enforcement agency shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. For the purposes of this subsection, "disappearance of such child" means that the parent, guardian or person does not know the location of the child and has not had contact with the child for a twenty-four-hour period.