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Montana Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 41-3-102, 41-3-201, et seq.
What Constitutes Abuse Harm or substantial risk of harm to child's health and welfare; or abandonment including acts or omissions of person responsible for child's welfare. Does not include self-defense, defense of others, or action taken to prevent self-harm of child.
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, member of hospital staff, coroner, mental health professional, dentist, Christian Science practitioner, religious healers, school teachers and officials, social workers, day care/child care workers, foster care worker, clergy (unless privileged communication), law enforcement officer, guardian ad litem or court appointed advocate
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Know or have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused or neglected
To Whom Reported Department of Public Health and Human Services or its local affiliate
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Guilty of misdemeanor and civilly liable for proximately caused damages

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