Louisiana Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||§14:403 Criminal; Art. 609 & 603 Children's Code|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Acts seriously endangering the physical, mental, or emotional health of child, including infliction or allowing infliction or attempted infliction of physical or mental injury; exploitation by overwork; sexual abuse or involvement in pornography|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Any health practitioner, mental health/social service practitioner, teacher or child care provider, police officer or law enforcement, and commercial film and photographic print processor, and mediators, clergy|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect|
|To Whom Reported||Local child protection unit of the Department of Social Services|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Knowingly and willfully fails to report or makes a false report: misdemeanor and up to $500 and/or 6 months jail|
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