Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
Child abuse and neglect are often difficult to define because they are described differently in federal and state statutes as well as the court system. At the federal level, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) defines child abuse as an act or failure by a parent or caretaker resulting in a child being subject to sexual abuse or exploitation, serious physical or emotional harm, or death.
An act or failure to act that places a child at risk of serious harm is also considered child abuse. CAPTA has minimum standards, and each state may have codified its interpretations of mistreatment in civil and criminal codes.
Contact Pickard Law, P.C. at 303-989-6655 to speak with an experienced family law attorney about your case.
Colorado State Laws for Dependency and Neglect
The State of Colorado defines abuse or neglect аѕ an act or omission that threatens the health or well-being of a child and includes evidence of the following:
- Malnutrition or failure tо thrive
- Fractures оf аnу bone
- Subdural hematoma
- Soft tissue swelling
Other considerations regarding child injuries and possible charges are:
- Lacking a viable reason for the child’s injury or death
- The explanation for the child’s injury or death is not in alignment with the facts
- Circumstances indicate the fatal or injurious incident was not accidental
Other acts defined by Colorado law that constitute abuse or neglect include any case in which:
- There are children exposed to unlawful sexual behavior
- There are children subjected to emotional abuse
- Controlled substances are manufactured in the presence of, or on the same premises where there are children
- Children test positive at birth for certain controlled substances
Colorado law requires third parties such as physicians and school employees to report knowledge or suspicion of abuse to authorities, too. Child abuse causes devastating and lasting emotional and physical harm to children. Persons who suspect child abuse should report the alleged behavior to the police right away.
In the State of Colorado, an act or omission resulting in the child abuse described has serious consequences. If you need legal assistance in a child abuse case, we’re here to help provide guidance and support. Call the experienced defense attorneys at Pickard Law for a confidential free consultation at 303-989-6655. Our skilled, compassionate attorneys will listen to your case and work with you in your defense.