Missouri Child Abuse Laws
|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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