Alexander Rupp was just charged with child neglect in St. Paul, MN. Child neglect is a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota and carries up to one year in jail and or a $3,000 fine. Rupp left his 3-year-old daughter inside his car in August 2014. The temperate on the day in question was about 74 degrees. Mendota Heights police found the child locked inside the car. She was sweating and wiping her forehead. The officer smashed the window to the car to unlock the door. Once making contact with the child, the officer noticed that the child had warm skin. Rupp told police that when he arrived and parked, he got into an argument with his daughter so he decided to leave her in the vehicle. He admitted that he shouldn’t have brought her and that he should have left the car running.
What is child neglect in Minnesota?
Under Minnesota statute 609.378, child neglect is defined as “a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker who willfully deprives a child of necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care, or supervision appropriate to the child’s age, when the parent, guardian, or caretaker is reasonably able to make the necessary provisions and the deprivation harms or is likely to substantially harm the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health.” Rupp will need an attorney to argue that his daughter did not suffer any physical, mental, or emotional health problems and that it was not likely to occur. Rupp will need a criminal attorney in St. Paul, MN to help him fight the charge.
Max Keller is a criminal attorney in St. Paul, MN. Because he is a criminal attorney in St. Paul, MN, he has an office conveniently located near the court. Keller Law Offices offers a free consultation. If you have been charged with child neglect, child abuse, or Child Endangerment, call 952-913-1421 immediately.