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Amendment

 

February Session, 2010

LCO No. 5073

   
 

*SB0015305073HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. BACCHIOCHI, 52nd Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 153

File No. 469

Cal. No. 430

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2010) (a) A person is guilty of failure to report the murder of a child when such person (1) witnesses what the person knows or reasonably should know is the murder of a child by another person, (2) knows or reasonably should know that the child is under sixteen years of age, and (3) does not, as soon as reasonably practicable, report the crime to a law enforcement official.

(b) In any prosecution for an offense under this section, it shall be an affirmative defense that the defendant did not, as soon as reasonably practicable, report the crime because the defendant reasonably believed that (1) doing so would have exposed the defendant or another person to a substantial risk of physical injury, or (2) another person had already reported the crime to a law enforcement official, or (3) another person was already providing effective assistance.

(c) Failure to report the murder of a child is a class A misdemeanor. "