Child Abuse

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The state of California enacted its first child abuse reporting law in 1963. Today, mandatory reporters include teachers, employees of any public or private school, administrators of public or private day camps or youth centers, day care providers, home personnel, social workers, probation and parole officers, police officers, doctors, chiropractors, counselors, and many more. If these mandatory reporters fail to report child abuse, they face criminal charges and imprisonment. Child abuse can include emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or abuse that takes place in out-of-home care such as at a day care.

The state says that the physical indicators of physical abuse include:

  • Fractures, lacerations and bruises that cannot be explained;
  • Burns from cigarettes, ropes, scalding water, an iron or a radiator;
  • Injuries to the face (black eyes, broken nose or jaw, bloody or swollen lips);
  • Subdural hematomas, long-bone fractures in various states of healing; and
  • Pattern of bruising such as circular bruising or bruises indicating repeated trauma.


In California child abuse is considered a “wobbler,” meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. Under Section 273a. (a) of the California Penal Code, anyone who under the circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death willfully causes a child to suffer or inflict unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the child to be placed in a situation where their health is endangered shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for no longer than one year or in a state prison for two, four, or six years.

Under Section 273a. (b), anyone who causes or allows a child to be subjected
to abuse that would not likely produce great bodily harm or death shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor.

If you have been accused of abusing a child, you are urged to contact a Palmdale domestic violence attorney from the Law Offices of David M. Wallin. With child abuse allegations, it is not uncommon for innocent people to fall victim to false allegations, especially during a heated child custody battle. A child abuse conviction can involve up to six years in prison, and it can cause you to lose custody of your own children.

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