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Missouri Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 210.110, et seq.
What Constitutes Abuse Any physical injury, sexual abuse, emotional abuse inflicted on child other than by accidental means by caregiver (spanking in a reasonable manner not included)
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, medical examiner, dentist, chiropractor, coroner, optometrist, nurse, hospital or clinic personnel, any other health practitioner, psychologist, social worker, mental health professional, day care center worker, juvenile officer, probation or parole officer, teacher, school official, law enforcement officer, minister
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or may be subjected to abuse or neglect or observes such conditions or circumstances that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect
To Whom Reported Missouri Division of Family Services
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Class A misdemeanor

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