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Kentucky Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 620.010, et seq., 620.990, 600.020
What Constitutes Abuse Interfering with child's right to adequate food, shelter, clothing, education, medical care and freedom from physical, sexual, or emotional injury or exploitation or abandonment
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, nurse, teacher, school personnel, social worker, coroner, child-caring personnel, dentist, EMT, paramedic, health professional, mental health professional, peace officer, any organization or agency of the above
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Knows or has reasonable cause to believe that child is dependent, neglected, or abused
To Whom Reported Local law enforcement or Kentucky state police, commonwealth's attorney, cabinet or representative
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Intentional violation is Class B misdemeanor

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