Statistics show that a report of child abuse is made to law enforcement agencies once every ten seconds in this country. Child neglect is a form of abuse that happens when a child’s caregiver fails to provide for them. In child neglect cases, this failure to provide generally results in physical or emotional harm being done to the youngster in question. On average, this form of neglect is the most common type of child mistreatment in the United States. Each year, over 2,200 children will die as a result of neglect. If you are involved in a custody battle and feel as if your child is being neglected, you have to work with a lawyer to prove this. The following are some of the things you need to know about child neglect.
The Different Types of Child Neglect
Unfortunately, there are a variety different types of child neglect like:
- Physical Neglect– Among the most common form of child neglect involves the caregiver of a minor failing to provide them with basic needs like clothing, shelter and even food. A person can be arrested if they willfully abandon a child and leave them without the things they need to survive. Regardless of if a person leaves a child for days or weeks, the charges they face as a result can be quite harsh.
- Educational Neglect– If a caregiver does not enroll their child in school or fails to encourage the child to attend school, they can be charged with educational neglect. Typically, educational neglect charges are more common with poorer families who do not have the income needed to send their child to school.
- Emotional Neglect– The emotional child neglect category is a bit of an all-encompassing term. Charges in this category can range from the humiliation of a child to threatening serious punishment. Emotional neglect is usually harder to prove in court.
- Medical Neglect– When a caregiver fails to provide a child with the medical care they need, a charge of medical neglect can result. There are some states where caregivers are able to use a religious exemption to avoid charges in medical negligence cases.
Working with a lawyer is the only way to find out what your best course of action is when trying to get your child out of a neglectful situation.
What Can Be Done About Child Neglect?
If you are like most parents, the main thing you want to know is what can be done in cases of child neglect. Witnessing this type of neglect and not reporting makes you just as guilty as the caregiver in question. In some cases, failing to report a case of child neglect can cause you to be charged with a misdemeanor. The last thing you want to do is leave a child in a bad situation due to the danger it can put them in. While reporting a loved one for this type of neglect may be difficult, it is the right thing to do. Once you have reported this child neglect, the authorities will take control and figure out what needs to be done to keep the child in question safe. In some instances, you may be required to testify in front of a judge regarding the neglectful actions you witnessed.
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