Parental Substance Use as Child Abuse - Kansas

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Citation: Ann. Stat. § 21-5601(b)-(c) 

Aggravated endangering a child is:

  • Recklessly causing or permitting a child under age 18 to be placed in a situation in which the child's life, body, or health is endangered
  • Causing or permitting the child to be in an environment in which the person knows or reasonably should know that any person is distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, manufacturing, or attempting to manufacture any methamphetamine or analog thereof
  • Causing or permitting the child to be in an environment in which the person knows or reasonably should know that drug paraphernalia or volatile, toxic, or flammable chemicals are stored for the purpose of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture any methamphetamine or analog thereof

Aggravated endangering a child is a severity level 9-person felony. The sentence for a violation of aggravated endangering a child shall be served consecutively to any other term or terms of imprisonment imposed. The sentence shall not be considered a departure and shall not be subject to appeal