City of Camdenton, MO
Camden County
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Section 245.010 Definitions.

[CC 1984 §77.010]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following terms, phrases, words, and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein:
CONSENT
Is actual authorization by a parent or legal guardian or is silent acquiescence by a parent or legal guardian having knowledge.
EMANCIPATED MINOR
One whose parent or legal guardian has renounced his right to the care, custody and earnings of said person.
KNOWLEDGE
Need not be actual knowledge of the exact location of the minor in question, rather it may be imputed from the knowledge that the minor is not at home, that the minor has an ultimate destination, and that the minor may make a diversionary trip on his way to or from the ultimate destination.
MINOR
Anyone under the age of seventeen (17) years. It does not include anyone under the age of seventeen (17) years who is legally married. An "emancipated minor" is not included in the term "minor."
PUBLIC PLACE
Any bar, bowling alley, cafe, drive-in restaurant, drive-in theater, drug store, grocery store, hamburger stand, hotel, ice cream parlor, lobby, parking lot, pool room, restaurant, saloon, shopping center, supermarket, theater, or any place dedicated to amusement and entertainment, to which the public is invited, whether enclosed or out of doors, and which includes any accompanying parking lot or pedestrian walkway, or any appurtenance thereto which is used by the public.

Section 245.020 Consent of Parent Required.

[CC 1984 §77.020]
No minor shall be present in or on any public street, park, square, or any public place within the City between the hours of 12:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. without the knowledge and consent of a parent or legal guardian having the care and custody of said minor.

Section 245.030 Police Authorized to Stop Minors.

[CC 1984 §77.030]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the Police Department of this City to require identification from any person who loiters, idly remains, congregates, tarries or stays on any public street, park, square or any public place within the City during the prescribed hours and whose actions, appearance, demeanor, or other fact within the knowledge of the Police Officer gives rise to reasonable belief that the person stopped is a minor. Such identification shall include the person's name, age, home address, phone number and if the person's home address is outside the limits of this City, the address within the City at which he/she is staying (if any).
1. 
Should the person stopped and questioned not be a minor, he/she shall be allowed to proceed freely with no record made of the inquiry.
2. 
Should the person stopped and questioned be a minor the Police Officer shall inquire of him whether the parent or legal guardian having care and custody of such minor has knowledge of, and has given consent to the presence of said minor in or on the public street, park, square or public place involved.

Section 245.040 Procedure if No Parental Consent.

[CC 1984 §77.040]
A response by the minor that a parent or legal guardian neither has knowledge nor has given consent to his presence in or on the public street, park, square or public place in question, shall constitute grounds for the officer to escort the minor in question to the address given, to inform the parent or legal guardian of the actions of the minor in question, and to inform the parent or legal guardian that he/she may be held responsible for the delinquency of the minor under Section 245.070 of this Code, should the minor later be brought before any court of this City or State for delinquency or youthful offender proceedings. Should no parent or guardian be found at the address given, the procedure described in Section 245.060 shall be followed.

Section 245.050 Claim of Knowledge and Consent.

[CC 1984 §77.050]
A. 
A response by the minor that a parent or legal guardian has knowledge of and/or has given consent to his presence in or on the public street, park, square or public place in question shall constitute grounds to call the parent or legal guardian of the minor, at the phone number given, or at the phone number registered and listed with the phone company, for a corroborating statement by the parent or legal guardian.
1. 
Should the parent not corroborate the statement of the minor, or should no parent or legal guardian answer the phone, the Police Officer shall escort the minor home and shall follow the procedure outlined in Section 245.040.
2. 
Should the parent or legal guardian answering the phone corroborate the statement of the minor in question, the Police Officer shall inform the parent or legal guardian that continuous presence of a minor in or on the public streets, parks, squares or other public places during the prescribed hours may constitute lack of proper supervision and care by the parent or legal guardian of said minor and may be considered evidence in proceedings for aiding in the delinquency of a minor, as prescribed in Section 245.070. The Police Officer shall then allow the child to continue on his way or shall escort the child home, as desired by the parent or legal guardian.

Section 245.060 If Minor Is Non-Resident.

[CC 1984 §77.060]
A. 
Should the minor identify himself/herself as a non-resident of the City, the Police Officer shall check to see if the minor has been found present in or on a public street, park, square, or other public place within the previous three (3) months.
1. 
If there is no record of the minor being found present in or on a public street, park, square or other public place within the previous three (3) months, the Police Officer shall inform the minor in question of this Chapter and shall escort him to the place within the municipal jurisdiction of the City at which he/she is staying. If the minor is a transient who intends to leave the City before the next morning, the minor shall be detained and the parent or legal guardian of that minor shall be informed that the minor will be detained if desired until the parent or legal guardian, or the designee of the parent or legal guardian, arrives to claim said minor. If the parent or legal guardian of the transient minor so requests, the Police Officer shall release the minor and escort him out of the corporate limits of this City.
2. 
If the non-resident minor has been found present in or on a public street, park, square or other public place within the previous three (3) months, the officer shall follow the procedure for transient minors, as found in Subsection (1) of this Section, except that the minor shall not be released until claimed by a parent or legal guardian or the designee of the parent or legal guardian.

Section 245.070 Responsibility of Parent.

[CC 1984 §77.070]
A. 
No parent or legal guardian having the care and custody of a minor shall fail to properly supervise and care for such child if such failure of supervision or care shall cause the child to be brought before the Juvenile Court of the State or any other court of the City or State, for delinquency or youthful offender proceedings.
B. 
Continuous presence by a minor during the prescribed hours in or on the public streets, parks, squares or other public places shall constitute prima facie evidence of failure by the parent or legal guardian to properly supervise said minor and shall be considered a cause of the delinquency or offense committed.