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Appendix A
Motor Vehicle Statutes That Address Child Endangerment

TENNESSEE

Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-10-414 (2004)  
Child endangerment -- Drunk Driving Child Protection Act

A person who violates § 55-10-401 (driving under the influence), and who at the time of the offense was accompanied by a child under thirteen (13) years of age:

  1. Commits the offense of child endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a mandatory minimum incarceration of thirty (30) days and a mandatory minimum fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000), which incarceration and fine shall be in addition to any other incarceration and fine required by law;
  2. Commits the Class D felony of aggravated child endangerment when the child suffers serious bodily injury as a result of the violation of § 55-10-401; and
  3. Commits the Class C felony of especially aggravated child endangerment when the death of the child is the result of the violation of § 55-10-401.

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