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Child abduction–penalty.

565.156. 1. A person commits the crime of child abductionif he or she:

(1) Intentionally takes, detains, entices, conceals orremoves a child from a parent after being served with process inan action affecting marriage or paternity but prior to theissuance of a temporary or final order determining custody;

(2) At the expiration of visitation rights outside thestate, intentionally fails or refuses to return or impedes thereturn of the child to the legal custodian in Missouri;

(3) Conceals, detains, or removes the child for payment orpromise of payment at the instruction of a person who has nolegal right to custody;

(4) Retains in this state for thirty days a child removedfrom another state without the consent of the legal custodian orin violation of a valid court order of custody; or

(5) Having legal custody of the child pursuant to a validcourt order, removes, takes, detains, conceals or entices awaythat child within or without the state, without good cause, andwith the intent to deprive the custody or visitation rights ofanother person, without obtaining written consent as is providedunder section 452.377, RSMo.

2. Child abduction is a class D felony.

(L. 1988 H.B. 1272, et al. § 3)