Michigan Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||722.621-623, 633|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Harm or threatened harm to child's health or welfare that occurs through nonaccidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse/exploitation, or maltreatment|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Physician, coroner, dentist, dental hygienist, EMT, psychologist, therapist/counselor, social worker, school administrator or teacher, law enforcement officer, child care provider, medical examiner, audiologist, clergy, anyone else may report|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect (pregnancy under 12 or venereal disease in child over 1 month but under 12 years is reasonable cause to suspect abuse)|
|To Whom Reported||State Family Independence Agency|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Civilly liable for proximately caused damages; guilty of misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail and/or fine of not more than $100; intentionally making false report: if abuse was misdemeanor or not a crime, misdemeanor (93 days in jail and/or fine of not more than $100); if abuse is felony, lesser of penalty for the abuse or imprisonment for not more than 4 yrs. and/or fine of not more than $2,000|
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