West Virginia Child Abuse Laws
|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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