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South Dakota Child Abuse Laws

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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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