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Child Endangerment Laws
Arkansas Child Maltreatment Act
12-12-501 through 12-12-519. Title and purpose.
(a) This subchapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Arkansas Child Maltreatment Act".
(b) It is the purpose of this subchapter to:
(1) Provide a system for the reporting of known or suspected child maltreatment;
(2) Ensure the immediate screening, safety assessment, and prompt investigation of reports of known or suspected child maltreatment;
(3) Ensure that immediate steps are taken to:
(A) Protect a maltreated child and any other child under the same care who may also be in danger of maltreatment; and
(B) Place a child who is in immediate danger of severe maltreatment in a safe environment;
(4) Provide for immunity from criminal prosecution for an individual making a good faith report of suspected child maltreatment;
(5) Preserve the confidentiality of all records in order to protect the rights of the child and of the child's parents or guardians;
(6) Encourage the cooperation of state law enforcement officials, courts, and state agencies in the investigation, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child maltreatment; and
(7) Stabilize the home environment if a child's health and safety are not at risk.
5-64-406. Distribution to minors - Enhanced penalties.
(a) Any person eighteen (18) years of age or over who violates § 5-64-401(a) by distributing a controlled substance listed in Schedules I or II that is a narcotic drug or Methampetamine to a person under eighteen (18) years of age who is at least three (3) years his or her junior is punishable by the fine authorized by § 5-64-401(a)(1)(i), by a term of imprisonment of up to twice that authorized by § 5-64-401(a)(1)(i), or by both.
5-64-411 Proximity to certain facilities - Enhanced penalties.
(a) Any person who commits an offense under § 5-64-401(a) by selling, delivering, possessing with intent to deliver, dispensing, manufacturing, transporting, administering, or distributing a controlled substance may be subject to an enhanced sentence of an additional term of imprisonment of ten (10) years if the offense is committed on or within one thousand feet (1,000') of the real property of:
(1) A city or state park;
(2) A public or private elementary or secondary school, public vocational school, or private or public college or university;
(3) A skating rink, Boys Club, Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA, or community or recreation center;
(4) A publicly funded and administered multifamily housing development;
(5) A drug or alcohol treatment facility;
(6) A day care center;
(7) A church; or
(8) A shelter as defined in § 9-4-102.
(b) The enhanced portion of the sentence shall be consecutive to any other sentence imposed.
5-27-230 Exposing a child to a chemical substance or methamphetamine.
(b)(1) Any adult who, with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, knowingly causes or permits a child to be exposed to, ingest, inhale, or have any contact with a chemical substance or methamphetamine is guilty of a Class C felony.
(2) Any adult who violates subdivision (b)(1) of this section is guilty of a Class B felony if a child suffers physical injury or serious physical injury because of the violation.
5-64-407. Manufacture of methamphetamine in the presence of minors - Enhanced penalties.
(a) Any person who is found guilty of or who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to manufacture of methamphetamine, § 5-64-401(a)(1), or possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, § 5-64-403(c)(5) may be subject to an enhanced sentence of an additional term of imprisonment of ten (10) years if the offense is committed.