Missouri Bill Expanding the Definition of ‘Neglect’ (HB 781)
This law was last updated on Feb 2, 2019
HB 781 would expand the definition of “neglect” to include:
“Causing a child to be born with a controlled substance, as defined under section 195.010, present in the child’s bodily fluids or bodily substances as a result of the pregnant mother knowingly using a controlled substance before the birth of the child.”
Under Missouri law, the offense of abuse or neglect of a child is a felony.
Identical to HB 1762 (2018) and HB 1176 (2017), both of which failed to pass.
1/31/19 – Introduced.