What is Child Abuse in PA? Per Se
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…
To report suspected child abuse, contact CHILDLINE at