Child abuse is a felony and is generally classified as a crime involving danger to a person. Child abuse is the infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child by an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child or by active encouragement of any person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child.
Definitions and penalties vary by state and other factors including whether or not the child suffered bodily harm, a permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. See Child neglect and endangering the welfare of children for related information.
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