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Appendix B
Unattended Vehicles Statutes

Below are state laws that carry penalties only if a child was injured or killed after being left alone in a motor vehicle.


Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 507.040 (2004)
Manslaughter in the second degree

(1) A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when he wantonly causes the death of another person, including, but not limited to, situations where the death results from the person’s:

  1. Operation of a motor vehicle; or
  2. Leaving a child under the age of eight (8) years in a motor vehicle under circumstances which manifest an extreme indifference to human life and which a create grave risk of death, thereby causing the death of a child.

Manslaughter in the second degree is a Class C felony