BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :
Section 1. Amend Title 11 of the Delaware Code by deleting §1101 in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:
“§ 1101. Abandonment of child; class E felony; class F felony.
A person is guilty of abandonment of a child when, being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child, the person deserts the child in any place intending permanently to abandon the child.
Abandonment of a child is a class E felony unless the child is 14 years of age or older. Abandonment of a child 14 years of age or older is a class F felony.”
Section 2. This Act becomes effective thirty days after its enactment into law.
Approved May 22, 2009