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Colorado Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 19-3-301, et seq., 19-1-103
What Constitutes Abuse Act or omission where child subject to sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, emotional abuse or prostitution; where child is in need of food, clothing, shelter, medical care or supervision because parent or guardian fails to do so; where child exhibits evidence of skin bruising, bleeding, malnutrition, burns, fractures, etc.; or circumstances indicate a condition that may not be the product of an accidental occurrence
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physicians, child health associate, dentist, chiropractor, nurse, hospital personnel, school employee, social worker, mental health professional, veterinarian, peace officer, pharmacist, psychologist, fireman, victim's advocate, commercial film and photographic print processor, clergyman
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child is subject to circumstances or conditions which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect
To Whom Reported Country or district department of social services or local law enforcement agency
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Willful violation: Class 3 misdemeanor plus liability for proximately caused damages

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