Failure to Provide Medical Attention
When it comes to injuries and illnesses, most people know to seek medical care to help treat the issue and take steps toward recovery. Adults have the right to choose whether or not they wish to visit a doctor when ill, but children are usually dependent on their parents or guardian to make appointments for them. If parents fail to provide their children with appropriate medical care, they may face second-degree homicide charges.
Children are often unable to make important decisions for themselves, and medical care is often an urgent and essential requirement. However, it is sometimes difficult for outside individuals to make informed opinions regarding your child’s need for healthcare. If you have been wrongly accused of a crime involving your child’s medical care, consult the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.
Examples of Failure to Provide Medical Care
Failure to provide medical care to a minor may include:
- Guardians who fail to recognize the seriousness of their child’s medical condition and refuse to seek treatment
- Guardians who knowingly injure their child and refuse treatment
- Withholding necessary medication from a child
- Guardians who refuse necessary medical care to a child due to religious reasons
If a child dies as a result of injuries or illness that could have been treated by a medical professional, the parents or guardians may be held liable for withholding treatment. Second degree homicide charges are felony charges that may result in fines, court costs, and incarceration.