According to Chandler Police Detective Frank Mendoza, twenty-four-year-old (24) Savannah Greene was booked on child abuse charges after police discovered Ms. Greene had left her two-month-old son in her vehicle with the windows rolled up at Chandler Fashion Center. Police made this discover on Wednesday evening after Ms. Greene contacted mall authorities and said her two-year-old daughter was missing. When investigating the matter, officers learned that Ms. Greene’s daughter had never actually been at the mall, but was in Gilbert with her father. However, as officers were searching for Ms. Greene’s daughter, they discovered that she had left her two-month-old son in her vehicle. The baby was examined by paramedics and firefighters, and was found to be unharmed. Police said there was evidence that Ms. Greene was impaired.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3623, a person who “Under circumstances likely to produce death or serious physical injury” either (1) causes a child to suffer physical injury; (2) causes or permits the child to be injured; or (3) causes or permits a child to be placed in a situation where the child’s health is endangered may be found guilty of a Class 2, Class 3 or Class 4 felony depending on whether the person acted intentionally, recklessly or negligently. Further, the punishment for child abuse varies depending on the severity of the charge. For example, if the offense is charged as a “Dangerous Crime Against Children,” the person will face mandatory imprisonment of ten (10) to twenty-four (24) years.
If you have been arrested on child abuse charges, contact the Phoenix child abuse attorneys at the criminal defense law firm Oracle Law Group