Endangering Children by Violating California Laws about Refrigerator Doors

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Abandoning a refrigerator without removing its door is a criminal offense under California Penal Code Section 402b PC and conviction can carry significant consequences.

Abandoned refrigerator July 20-30, 2014. TEN days. A Tenant in #14 told me their refrigerator was broken when they moved in. He told me Ross had it moved outside their apartment, near #17. The photos tell you the rest.

I didn’t dare use my digital camera. That would have shown much more detail. I had to use my phone and be careful to avoid detection.

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Read Code Details.

California Penal Code Section 402b PC: Abandoning a Refrigerator without Removing its Door

[See Refrigerator Photos.]

1. DEFINITION AND ELEMENTS OF THE OFFENSE

In order to prove that a defendant is guilty of abandoning a refrigerator without removing its door, a prosecutor must be able to establish the following elements:

  1. The defendant:
    1. Abandoned or left a refrigerator, icebox or other appliance in a place accessible to children
    2. OR being an owner, lessee, or manager, allowed such abandoned refrigerator, icebox or other appliance to be left in a place accessible to children
  2. The refrigerator or appliance was no longer in use.
  3. AND the door or latch mechanism of said appliance had not been removed.

2. RELATED OFFENSES

Related offenses include the following:

  1. Public Nuisance – California Penal Code Section 372 PC and California Penal Code Section 373a PC
  2. Child EndangermentCalifornia Penal Code Section 273(a) PC

The proper way to dispose of refrigerators involves completely removing the door or the latching mechanism.

[Thank you Kraut Law Group.]

Author: anat

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