Montana Child Abuse Laws
|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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