State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012  

400T0426   HOUSE JUDICIARY ENGROSSED    NO.  SB 43 -  2/24/2012  

Introduced by:    The Committee on Judiciary at the request of the Office of the Attorney General
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to criminalize the failure to report the death or disappearance of a child within a specified time by certain persons responsible for the care of the child.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That chapter 22-11 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
    Any parent, legal guardian, or caretaker who knowingly fails to notify law enforcement within forty-eight hours of learning that a child, in his or her care and less than thirteen years of age, is missing is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
    Section 2. That chapter 22-11 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
    Any parent, legal guardian, or caretaker who knowingly fails to notify law enforcement within six hours of learning of the death of a minor child in his or her care is guilty of a Class 5 felony. This section does not apply to any health care provider or to any facility licensed

pursuant to chapter 34-12.