709-902  Abandonment of a child.  (1)  A person commits the offense of abandonment of a child if, being a parent, guardian, or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than fourteen years old, the person deserts the child in any place with intent to abandon it.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 709-902

  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.

     (2)  Leaving a newborn child at a hospital, fire station, or police station or with emergency services personnel pursuant to section 587D‑2 shall not constitute a violation of this section.

     (3)  Abandonment of a child is a misdemeanor.