Child abuse means a parent or a person responsible for the child seriously injures the child or places the child at risk for serious injury.

Child neglect means a parent or a person responsible for the child harms the child physically, mentally, or emotionally or places the child at risk of harm by failing to care for the child or by failing to supervise him properly, or by abandoning the child.

Report and investigation - Someone reports neglect or abuse to Child Protective Services.  Child Protective Services investigates the report. They have 60 days to complete their investigation.

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Last Reviewed: February 1, 2022