According to Texas law, child abuse can happen in a number of manners. You could be accused of child abuse if you commit an act that will cause a child physical, mental or emotional harm, or fail to protect him or her from such an act. A number of acts can result in allegations of child abuse, a few of which include:
- Failure to properly supervise a child
- Using a controlled substance in a manner that causes harm to a child
- Sexual misconduct
Those who work in certain occupations must report suspected incidents of child abuse or face severe penalties for withholding information. Teachers, doctors, coaches and daycare workers may subsequently make a report whenever a child shows signs of injury such as bruising or concussions. As a result, you could find yourself the target of an investigation, even if you have done nothing wrong whatsoever.