Section 261. Removal from care

Any person who seriously or repeatedly removes or withholds a minor from someone with whom, pursuant to statute, agreement or court decision, the minor lives on a permanent basis, or who wrongfully removes the minor from someone who has responsibility of care pursuant to the Child Welfare Act, shall be subject to a penalty of a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. The same penalty shall be applied to any person who takes a minor out of the country or keeps a minor abroad and thereby illegally withholds the minor from someone who pursuant to statute, agreement or court decision has parental responsibility. The same applies where a care order, relocation ban or order for placement in an institution has been issued pursuant to sections 4-8, 4-12, 4-24 or 4-29, first and second paragraph, of the Child Welfare Act, or where an application for such measures has been made to the county social welfare board pursuant to section 7-11 of the Child Welfare Act, or where an interim order has been issued in an emergency pursuant to sections 4-6, second paragraph, 4-9, first paragraph, 4-25, second paragraph, second sentence, or 4-29, fourth paragraph, of the Child Welfare Act.
Aggravated removal from care is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding six years. In determining whether the removal from care is aggravated, particular weight shall be given to the strain it placed on the child.