What is Child Abuse in PA? Per Se

What is Child Abuse in PA

What is Child Abuse in PA?
Per Se – Specific actions that are harmful to a child
even if a physical injury does not result:

Kicking, biting, throwing, burning, stabbing or cutting a child in a manner that endangers the child (key is that it “endangers” the child and is done intentionally, knowingly or recklessly).

  • Unreasonably restraining or confining a child (e.g., tying a child to a bed, locking a child in a closet)
  • Forcefully shaking a child under one year of age.
  • Forcefully slapping or otherwise striking a child under one year of age.
  • Interfering with the breathing of a child (e.g., putting duct tape over a child’s mouth, stuffing a sock in the child’s mouth)
  • Causing a child to be present at a location where methamphetamine is being manufactured and the site is being investigated by law enforcement. (vii) Leaving a child unsupervised with an individual, other
  • than the child’s parent, who the adult knows or reasonably should have known was required to register as a sex offender.

Other types of abuse…

  1. Bodily injury
  2. Sexual Abuse or Exploitation
  3. Serious Mental Injury
  4. Neglect
  5. Harmful exaggeration or misrepresentation of a child’s medical condition
  6. Causing the death of the child
To report suspected child abuse, contact CHILDLINE at
1-800-932-0313
www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis