Case Types:

Child Neglect occurs when a minor is left unattended or there is a failure to give proper care and attention to a minor by a parent or other person with custody of the child or has supervisory responsibility of the child.


Neglect requires that the child's mental health, health, or welfare is harmed or placed at substantial risk of harm. Charges for child neglect may arise from leaving a minor unattended in a car, to a willful failure to provide care and supervision to a child. The Department of Social Services will often interview your child without your permission while the child is at school. DSS will issue findings that the neglect was indicated, ruled out, or unsubstantiated.  Criminal defense attorneys can guide subjects of a DSS investigation through the process.


Because child neglect allegations sometime arise during domestic disputes and child custody disputes, it is important to have a criminal lawyer that is familiar with these family law issues. For more information about Maryland Family Law and Protective Order Law, please visit Lawyer Maria Patterson's web site. If you have been charged with Child Neglect or have been the subject of a child neglect inquiry by the Department of Social Services, please call Prince George's Criminal Lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation. Maria Patterson's Prince George's County law office is located in Bowie, Maryland on Melford Boulevard, which is an exit off of the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301.  An experienced child neglect lawyer in Bowie can guide you through criminal charges and matters involving the Department of Social Services.  Attorney Maria Patterson handles criminal circuit court and district court matters in Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and Montgomery Counties. 


If you are concerned that a Protective Order may be issued or should be issued based on allegations of child abuse or neglect please click here.

A parent is more likely to be charged with child neglect when going through a divorce or custody dispute.


These are adversarial proceedings where a disgruntled spouse may report problems to the Department of Social Services (DSS). The Department of Social Services will investigate these claims and may report findings of abuse or neglect to the police. 


Child Neglect Lawyer in Bowie

17251 Melford Boulevard, Suite 101

Bowie, MD 20715 US

301-383-1525​