MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The House of Delegates hopes to increase the penalties for child abuse and neglect — unanimously passing a bill to that effect on Thursday and sending it to the Senate.
HB 2113 increases the penalty for child abuse causing injury from the current 1-5 years to 2-10. For serious bodily injury, it goes from 2-10 to 5-15. Abuse causing substantial risk of death or serious injury goes from 1-5 to 2-10.
Second or subsequent felony offenses are subject to twice the prison time and twice the fines.
For the lesser crime of gross child neglect creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury, the penalty increases from 1-5 years to 1-10. Second or subsequent felony neglect offenses are also subject to twice the prison time and fines…