ORS 163.535¹
Abandonment of a child

(1) A person commits the crime of abandonment of a child if, being a parent, lawful guardian or other person lawfully charged with the care or custody of a child under 15 years of age, the person deserts the child in any place with intent to abandon it.

(2) Abandonment of a child is a Class C felony.

(3) It is an affirmative defense to a charge of violating subsection (1) of this section that the child was left in accordance with ORS 418.017 (Parent allowed to anonymously leave child at authorized facility). [1971 c.743 §173; 2001 c.597 §2]

Notes of Decisions

To commit crime of child abandon­ment, child must be deserted in place which subjects child to hazard of per­sonal injury. State v. Laemoa, 20 Or App 516, 533 P2d 370 (1975), Sup Ct review denied

Law Review Cita­tions

55 OLR 375-379 (1976)

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 428 (1972)

Chapter 163

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 163—Offenses Against Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 163, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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