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Wisconsin Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 48.981, 48.02
What Constitutes Abuse Physical injury inflicted on child other than by accidental means, sexual abuse/exploitation, emotional damage, (harm to child's psychological or intellectual functioning which is exhibited by anxiety, depression, or other outward behavior) or neglect (failure to provide necessaries of life); on unborn child, habitual lack of self control by expectant mother in use of alcohol and controlled drugs
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, coroner, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or other medical or mental health professional, social worker, marriage or family therapist, counselor, public assistance worker, school teacher/administrator/counselor, mediator, child care or day care center worker, physical or occupational therapists, EMT, speech-language pathologists, police or law enforcement officer, attorney, member of treatment staff or alcohol/drug abuse counselor
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or has been threatened with abuse or neglect or that abuse or neglect will occur
To Whom Reported The county department (or licensed child welfare agency under contract with the county department) or sheriff or police department
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail

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