Neglected Child Law and Legal Definition

Neglected child means a child less than 18 years of age whose physical, mental or emotional condition has been impaired or is in danger of becoming impaired. Such impairment results from parent’s or custodian’s failure to exercise a minimum degree of care in supplying the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, education, or medical care. Neglect can occur from the negligence of a legal guardian like when a legal guardian fails to provide the child with proper supervision or guardianship. It also includes refusal to provide necessary physical affection, absence of medical, surgical, and educational care for the child. A child subjected to improper care or control endangering his/her morals is also a neglected child.