Mississippi Child Abuse Laws
|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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