Nassau County Police detectives say a 7-year-old boy with special needs was put into a cab in Freeport, New York, by his grandmother and was supposed to be dropped off at his residence in the neighboring Long Island town of Roosevelt. After picking up the boy, a cab driver for the Valentine Cab Co. in Roosevelt, New York, named Roy D. Sutherland, 66, asked him if he had money for the fare. When the child was unable to provide any information, the driver left the boy on a street corner in Freeport by himself and drove away. The cab driver has been arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child and is to be arraigned October 25 at the First District Court in Hempstead, New York. Read More.
NY Penal Law 260.10 holds adults responsible for behavior which is harmful to children in two categories. The first category of “Endangering” is a misdemeanor. To be guilty of the crime of endangering the welfare of a child, the law states that any person who “knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than 17 or directs or authorizes such child to engage in an occupation involving substantial risk of danger to his life or health”. There does not have to be proof that the child was in fact harmed since this crime protects the child’s “moral welfare,” as well as physical and mental health. The second category of “endangering” applies only to a parent or guardian where that parent or guardian charged with the care or custody of a child less than 18 years old fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence to prevent him from becoming an abused child, neglected child, juvenile delinquent or a person in need of supervision, as those terms are defined in the Family Court Act (see NY Penal Law 260.20(2)).
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