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Arizona Child Abuse Laws

Child abuse laws criminalize physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of minors and also require certain third parties with knowledge of the abuse to report it to the authorities. In Arizona, professionals with access to children (such as teachers and pediatricians) are required to report suspected cases of child abuse. The Arizona Department of Child Safety investigates reports of child abuse (and neglect) in the state.

The following table touches on the basics of Arizona child abuse law. See Child Abuse Overview to learn more.

Code Section 13-3620, 8-201
What Constitutes Abuse Infliction or allowing of physical injury, impairment of bodily function or disfigurement, serious emotional damage diagnosed by a doctor or psychologist, and as evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior caused by acts or omissions of individual having care and custody of child
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, resident, dentist, chiropractor, medical examiner, nurse, psychologist, social worker, school personnel, peace officer, parent, counselor, clergyman/priest
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Observation or examination of child discloses reasonable grounds to believe minor is a victim of injury or abuse
To Whom Reported To peace officer or child protective services of the department of economic security
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Class 1 misdemeanor

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Arizona criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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