Maine Revised Statutes

§555. Endangering welfare of dependent person

1.    A person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a dependent person if:
A. The person recklessly endangers the health, safety or mental welfare of a dependent person. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime; or [2015, c. 306, §1 (AMD).]
B. The person intentionally or knowingly endangers the health, safety or mental welfare of a dependent person. Violation of this paragraph is a Class C crime. [2015, c. 306, §1 (AMD).]
[ 2015, c. 306, §1 (AMD) .]
2. Definitions.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Endanger" includes a failure to act only when the defendant has a legal duty to protect the health, safety or mental welfare of the dependent person. For purposes of this paragraph, a legal duty may be inferred if the defendant has assumed responsibility in whole or in part for the care of the dependent person. [2015, c. 306, §2 (NEW).]
B. "Dependent person" means a person, regardless of where that person resides, who is wholly or partially dependent upon one or more other persons for care or support because the person suffers from a significant limitation in mobility, vision, hearing or mental functioning or is unable to perform self-care because of advanced age or physical or mental disease, disorder or defect. [2015, c. 306, §2 (NEW).]
[ 2015, c. 306, §2 (RPR) .]
3.   
[ 2005, c. 431, §1 (RP) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1975, c. 499, §1 (NEW). 1995, c. 110, §1 (AMD). 2001, c. 111, §1 (AMD). 2005, c. 431, §1 (RPR). 2015, c. 306, §§1, 2 (AMD).