North Carolina Child Abuse Laws
Child abuse includes the physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of a minor, and also may include neglect or exploitation. Most states require adults with access to children to report any signs of child abuse; North Carolina child abuse laws require mandatory reporting by "any person or institution." The state's broad definition of child abuse includes acts that "approve of delinquent acts involving moral turpitude" in addition to the infliction of abuse or neglect.
The specifics of North Carolina child abuse laws, in addition to mandatory reporting requirements, are listed below. See Child Abuse Overview for more details about the crime.
|Code Section||7B-101, et seq.|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Inflicts or allows to be inflicted or creates a substantial risk of injury other than by accidental means or commits, permits, or encourages any type of sexual abuse or creates or allows serious emotional damage to juvenile or does not provide proper care or necessary medical care or abandons child uses inappropriate devices or procedures to modify behavior or encourages, directs, or approves of delinquent acts involving moral turpitude|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Any person or institution|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Cause to suspect that juvenile is abused, neglected, or dependent, or has died as the result of maltreatment|
|To Whom Reported||Director of Department of Social Services in county where juvenile resides|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||-|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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