One of the serious domestic violence is child abuse. It is a broad term that can cover a number of different crimes which are committed against children. Let’s look at different types of child abuse which are a crime under Massachusetts law. The following are defined as child abuse or neglect:
- Shaken baby syndrome: If someone inflicts severe injury on an infant, a baby or a small child by shaking, pulling, pushing or jerking the child, it is considered as child abuse.
- If someone impairs the intellectual or psychological capacity of a child, it falls into the category of emotional injury.
- Organ impairment, burn, soft tissue swelling, fracture and death fall in the category of physical injury. If done to a child, they are considered as child abuse.
- If you are a caretaker and you fail to provide a child with sufficient food, clothing, shelter, supervision, medical care, growth and emotional stability then you are guilty of child abuse.
- If a child is at risk of emotional and physical injury or if there is a risk of any sexual contact between a caretaker and child, it is considered child abuse.
- If the above mentioned violence is done at institutions such as daycare, group home or a hospital, it is considered institutional abuse or neglect.
If a person is convicted of rape of a child, he or she can be sentenced for life. But if the battery resulted in significant body injury to the child, the imprisonment can go up to 15 years.
There are different crimes that fall under the category of child abuse. There come many times when child abuse allegations start from normal bruises and ambiguous statements by a child. That’s why if you think, you are about to be interrogated about child abuse, you need to consult with a child abuse attorney. Social workers, nurses, doctors, teachers are all mandated reporters to the Department of Children and Families.
Why you should consult with an attorney?
Sometimes your righteous acts are mistaken as evidence of child abuse. For example if you are lawfully disciplining your child or your child carries injuries of an accident, these can be mistaken by teachers or doctors who interact with your child. Innocent bruises and suspicious marks can be mistaken as marks of excessive force. Doctors may mistake the child’s illness or medical condition for abuse. Charges of sexual abuse may arise against an innocent person from a doctor’s examining room or emergency room of a hospital as toddlers and infants frequently visit these places. These accusations can be traumatic for you. In some cases the police arrest an individual who is accused of child abuse which is then followed by a DCF investigation. Keren Goldenberg is a lowell domestic violence lawyer. She is experienced in handling these cases very well. If you are facing these accusations, you should speak to an attorney before answering anyone else.