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Legal Statutes: Mississippi

UPDATED August 12, 2016

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Chapter 3. Crimes Against the Person

back to top97-3-51. Noncustodial parent or relative removing or holding child out of state

(1) For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the meaning herein ascribed unless the context otherwise clearly requires:

(a) "Child" means a person under the age of fourteen (14) years at the time a violation of this section is alleged to have occurred.

(b) "Court order" means an order, decree or judgment of any court of this state which is competent to decide child custody matters.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any noncustodial parent or relative with intent to violate a court order awarding custody of a child to another to remove the child from this state or to hold the child out of state after the entry of a court order.

(3) Any person convicted of a violation of subsection (2) of this section shall be guilty of a felony and may be punished by a fine of not more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), or by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term not to exceed three (3) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(4) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to repeal, modify or amend any other criminal statute of this state.
Sources: Codes, Hutchinson's 1848, ch. 64, art. 12, Title 3 (27, 29); 1857, ch. 64, arts. 186, 188; 1871, §§ 2649, 2651; 1880, §§ 2897, 2899; 1892, § 1171; Laws, 1906, § 1249; Hemingway's 1917, § 979; Laws, 1930, § 1007; Laws, 1942, § 2237; Former § 97-3-51, repealed, 1980, ch. 394; added, 1984, ch. 469; Laws, 1995, ch. 583, § 1, eff from and after July 1, 1995.