Child Abuse and Endangerment

Woman Charged with Felony Child Endangerment in San Mateo (CA Penal Code §273(a))

Under California law, child endangerment is considered a felony (CA Penal Code §273(a)) when the child in question has merely been placed in a dangerous situation – not only when the child has been actually harmed.  Many people every year are falsely accused of child endangerment or are harshly prosecuted beyond the bounds of reason. This may be what happened to Alissa Charlene Anderson, a 22-year-old mother who has recently been accused of this crime.  An anonymous citizen claims to have seen a child fall out of the hatchback of Anderson’s van while it was moving.  Based on this tip, local...

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