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West Virginia Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 49-6A-1, et seq., 49-1-3
What Constitutes Abuse Physical, mental, or emotional injury, sexual abuse/exploitation, negligent treatment, sale or attempted sale of child; any circumstances which harm or threaten the health and welfare of the child
Mandatory Reporting Required By Medical, dental, or mental health professional, religious healer, Christian Science practitioner, school teacher/personnel, social services worker, child care worker, EMT, peace or law enforcement official, circuit court judge, family law master or magistrate, clergy
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused or neglected or observes a child subjected to conditions likely to result in abuse or neglect
To Whom Reported State Department of Human Services
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Misdemeanor, up to 10 days in county jail and/or fine of $100

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