I am looking for a term describing the neglect of a living being under one's responsibility, such as a child or animal.
Spontaneously I thought of court procedures, with the sad cases of children being neglected, which I believe is categorised as child abuse. The same applies for pets and livestock.
Abuse may imply things such as physical harm though, which I would like to exclude.
I would like to be able to put it in the phrase
Did you hear, so-and-so were caught with _____!
Are there any terms, legal or otherwise, that may be of use?
I searched Merriam-Webster, but primarily came across words neglecting property/infrastructure or official duties, such as abandonment or misprision.
Oxford Dictionaries also didn't offer many alternatives, as far as I could tell.