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Mississippi Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 43-21-353; 43-21-105
What Constitutes Abuse Sexual abuse or exploitation, emotional abuse, mental injury, nonaccidental physical injury, maltreatment
Mandatory Reporting Required By Attorney, physician, dentist, nurse, psychologist, social worker, child caregiver, minister, law enforcement officer, school employee, or any other person
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Reasonable cause to suspect that a child is neglected or abused
To Whom Reported Department of Human Services
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Willful violation: up to $5,000 fine and/or up to 1 year jail

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