Houston Child Abuse
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What is Child Abuse in Houston?
- Mental or emotional injury to a child that results in an observable and material impairment in the child's growth, development, or psychological functioning;
- Allowing a child to be in a situation where the child receives mental or emotional injury;
- Physical injury or threat of substantial harm to the child;
- Failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent the acts of another person that results in physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child;
- Sexual conduct harmful to a child’s emotional, mental or physical welfare including conduct that constitutes the offense of continuous sexual abuse of young child or children (Texas Penal Code §21.02), indecency with a child (TPC § 21.11) sexual assault (TPC §22.011) or aggravated sexual assault (TPC § 22.021);
- Failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct harmful to a child;
- Compelling or encouraging a child to engage in sexual conduct such as prostitution or pornography;
- Using a controlled substance by a person in a way that the use results in mental, emotional or physical injury to a child;
- Causing, allowing or encouraging a child to use a controlled substance; and/or
- Causing, allowing, encouraging, or engaging in a sexual performance by a child (TPC § 43.25).
What is Child Neglect in Houston?
- Leaving a child in a situation where the child would be exposed to a substantial risk of physical or mental harm, without arranging for necessary care for the child, and the demonstration of an intent not to return by a parent, guardian, or managing or possessory conservator of the child;
- Placing a child in or failing to remove a child from a situation that a reasonable person would realize requires judgment or actions beyond the child's level of maturity, physical condition, or mental abilities and that results in bodily injury or a substantial risk of immediate harm or harmful sexual conduct;
- The failure to seek medical care for a child that results in a substantial risk of death, disfigurement or bodily injury or with the failure resulting in an observable and material impairment to the growth, development, or functioning of the child; and/or
- The failure to provide a child with food, clothing or shelter necessary to sustain the life or health of the child, excluding failure caused primarily by financial inability unless relief services had been offered and refused.
Houston Child Abuse Crimes
- Serious bodily injury,
- Serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury, or
- Bodily injury.
Houston Child Abuse Punishment
What are the Duty to Report Child Abuse Laws in Texas?
- mental health practitioners,
- members of the clergy,
- reproductive service clinic or facility employees,
- juvenile probation officers,
- juvenile detention or correctional officers, and/or
- day-care employees.