Colorado Child Abuse Laws
|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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