Offenses Against Persons

ORS 163.535
Abandonment of a child


A person commits the crime of abandonment of a child if, being a parent, lawful guardian or other person lawfully charged with the care or custody of a child under 15 years of age, the person deserts the child in any place with intent to abandon it.


Abandonment of a child is a Class C felony.


It is an affirmative defense to a charge of violating subsection (1) of this section that the child was left in accordance with ORS 418.017 (Parent allowed to anonymously leave child at authorized facility). [1971 c.743 §173; 2001 c.597 §2]

Notes of Decisions

To commit crime of child abandonment, child must be deserted in place which subjects child to hazard of personal injury. State v. Laemoa, 20 Or App 516, 533 P2d 370 (1975), Sup Ct review denied

Law Review Citations

55 OLR 375-379 (1976)

§§ 163.505 to 163.575

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 428 (1972)

Chapter 163

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)


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