31.30. Child Abuse; Defined & Punished
(a) A person is guilty of child abuse when:
(1) he subjects a child to cruel mistreatment; or
(2) having a child in his care or custody or under his control, he:
(A) deserts that child with intent to abandon him;
(B) subjects that child to cruel mistreatment; or
(C) unreasonably causes or permits the physical or, emotional health of that child to be endangered.
(b) Child abuse is a felony of the third degree when it is committed under circumstances likely to result in death or serious bodily injury. Otherwise, it is a misdemeanor.