South Dakota Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||26-8A-1, et seq.|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Child who is threatened with substantial harm; sustained emotional harm or mental injury (evidenced by observable and substantial impairment of child's ability to function); subject to sexual abuse/exploitation; who lacks proper parental care; whose environment is injurious to child's welfare; who is abandoned, or who has been prenatally subjected to illegal drug or alcohol abuse, or who is knowingly exposed to an environment used to manufacture methamphetamines|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Physician, dentist, chiropractor, nurse, optometrist, mental health professional, psychologist, religious healing practitioner, social worker, parole or court services officer, law enforcement officer, teacher, nurse, school counselor/official, child welfare provider, coroner, chemical dependency counselor, domestic abuse shelter worker, podiatrist|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Have reasonable cause to suspect a child has been abused or neglected|
|To Whom Reported||State's attorney in county where child resides or is present, department of social services or to law enforcement officer|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Class 1 misdemeanor|
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