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Code Section
39.202, 205; 39.201; 39.01(2)

What Constitutes Abuse
Willful or threatened act resulting in physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm, causing or likely to cause impairment of physical, mental, or emotional health

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Physician, mental health professional, spiritual practitioner, school teacher, social worker, law enforcement officer, judge

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
One who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect neglect, abuse, or abandonment

To Whom Reported
Department of Children and Family Services

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Misdemeanor in 1st degree; if knowingly made false report: felony in 3rd degree

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