Defending Child Abandonment or Endangerment Charges in Texas

By Brock Benjamin
Founding Attorney

Q: What is child abandonment or endangerment?

Parenting is one of the most rewarding yet difficult jobs, especially during the toddler years. Many honest parents will admit that despite their best efforts to watch them every single second, momentary lapses in supervision happen. Sometimes, such lapses result in serious but unintentional harm, or even death, to their children.

In most cases, nothing could be worse than the guilt, remorse, and indescribable pain of losing a child for parents accused of causing their injuries or death. But that terrible loss may be compounded by the fear of criminal charges and the thought of what will happen to their families–especially if they face jail time if convicted.

El Paso criminal defense attorneys understand this fear and are ready to help, beginning with the presumption of innocence. 

What to Do When Facing Child Abandonment or Endangerment Charges

Hiring a criminal defense attorney certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization may be the best step to ensure quality, aggressive legal representation and improve your chance for an acquittal, or the best possible outcome under your particular circumstances. This is especially important in cases where the suspect has been vilified in the local media, which is particularly common when parents—or step-parents—are blamed for a child’s death. 

Recently, a Texas stepmother caring for four children under the age of six was arrested after her four-year-old stepdaughter reportedly burned herself with a pot of boiling water while the woman was allegedly bathing other children. The child subsequently “died from injuries sustained from the boiling water”. According to the woman, she applied cream to the girl’s injuries, put her to bed, but found the girl unresponsive early the next morning and called for help. She was reportedly arrested “on felony charges of abandoning or endangering a child”. 

Contact Our El Paso Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you have been charged, or expect to be charged, with a state or federal felony or misdemeanor, the Benjamin Law Firm can help you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

We promise to provide you with aggressive legal representation and will fight to obtain the best possible outcome in your particular situation. From our office in El Paso, we represent clients throughout Texas and New Mexico in all aspects of criminal defense law as well as civil litigation and aviation law.

About the Author
Brock Benjamin is board-certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  His practice is primarily state and federal criminal law and appeals.Brock 

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