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Don’t Get Arrested for Child Abuse

August 8, 2014

Children are our most valuable resource, which is why a number of laws have been enacted to protect them. Child abuse is reported once every ten seconds, with experts estimating a good number of incidents also go unreported. The estimated cost of child abuse is anticipated to be around $124 billion annually.

Both the Texas Family Code and the Texas Penal Code have statutes relating to child abuse, and provide for both civil and criminal penalties against abusers. Child abuse is considered to be “an act or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical, mental, or emotional health and development.” It specifically excludes spanking when performed as part of “reasonable discipline.” A few things that can be considered child abuse are:

  • Neglecting to provide basic necessities such as food, water, clothing, shelter and medical care
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse, including verbal assault
  • Emotional deprivation, which involves the withholding of affection