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Michigan Child Abuse Laws

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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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