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Version of section 218 from 2019-09-19 to 2024-06-19:

Marginal note:Abandoning child

 Every one who unlawfully abandons or exposes a child who is under the age of ten years, so that its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to be permanently injured,

  • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or

  • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 218
  • 2005, c. 32, s. 12
  • 2019, c. 25, s. 75

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