Child abuse can be defined as a non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child. Child abuse includes:
Physical abuse: included but not limited to bruises, broken bones, failure to thrive, burns, lacerations, bald patches on the scalp
Sexual abuse: any sexual behavior imposed on a minor to include pornography.
Emotional abuse: psychological damage created by the child’s parent, guardian or caretaker which causes the child severe emotional distress as exhibited by anxiety, depression, withdrawal or aggressive behavior.
Child neglect: serious disregard for a juvenile’s supervision, care, medical needs, improper discipline, injurious environment, or a child who has been abandoned.
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