537.23  FAILING TO PROVIDE FOR A FUNCTIONALLY IMPAIRED PERSON.
   (a)   No caretaker shall knowingly fail to provide a functionally impaired person under his or her care with any treatment, care, goods, or service that is necessary to maintain the health of safety of the functionally impaired person when this failure results in physical harm or serious physical harm to the functionally impaired person.
   (b)   No caretaker shall recklessly fail to provide a functionally impaired person under his or her care with any treatment, care, goods, or service that is necessary to maintain the health of safety of the functionally impaired person when this failure results in serious physical harm to the functionally impaired person.
   (c)   (1)   Whoever violates division (a) of this section is guilty of knowingly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, a misdemeanor of the first degree.  If the functionally impaired person under the offender’s care suffers serious physical harm as a result of the violation of this section, a violation of division (a) of this section is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.
      (2)   Whoever violates division (b) of this section is guilty of recklessly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, a misdemeanor of the second degree.  If the functionally impaired person under the offender’s care suffers serious physical harm as a result of the violation of this section, a violation of division (b) of this section is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.
(ORC 2903.16)
   (d)   As used in this section:
      (1)   "Caretaker" means a person who assumes the duty to provide for the care and protection of a functionally impaired person on a voluntary basis, by contract, through receipt of payment for care and protection, as a result of a family relationship, or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.  "Caretaker" does not include a person who owns, operates, or administers, or who is an agent or employee of, a care facility, as defined in Ohio R.C. 2903.33.
      (2)   "Functionally impaired person" means any person who has a physical or mental impairment that prevents the person from providing for his or her own care or protection or whose infirmities caused by aging prevent the person from providing for his or her own care or protection.
(ORC 2903.10)