Leaving a Child in a Vehicle

Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code places restrictions and guidelines on the use of force by an individual acting outside of official State capacity.

“Leaving a Child in a Vehicle”, as per § 22.10 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle for longer than five minutes, knowing that the child is:

  • younger than seven years of age; and
  • not attended by an individual in the vehicle who is 14 years of age or older.

An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500. In the event that the child suffers injury or death, negligence or other charges may be brought against the actor separately.

Punishment Range

Misdemeanor C

  • Fine not to exceed $500

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