Michigan Child Abuse & Neglect Laws

 In Child Abuse & Neglect, Criminal Defense

What constitutes child abuse and neglect in Michigan, as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services defines it:

Child Abuse: Harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare that occurs through non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment, by a parent, a legal guardian, or any other person responsible for the child’s health or welfare or by a teacher, a teacher’s aide, or a member of the clergy.

Child Neglect: Harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare by a parent, legal guardian, or any other person responsible for the child’s health or welfare that occurs through either of the following:

  • Negligent treatment, including the failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care.
  • Placing a child at an unreasonable risk to the child’s health or welfare by failure of the parent, legal guardian, or other people responsible for the child’s health or welfare to intervene to eliminate that risk when that person is able to do so and has, or should have, knowledge of the risk.

To learn more about the Michigan Child Abuse & Neglect Laws and penalties, you can visit the Michigan Statutory definition as defined in Section 750.136b. To learn more about the Michigan Child Protection laws, you can visit: Act 238 of 1975

If you are being investigated or charged with violating any Michigan Child Abuse & Neglect Laws by Michigan Child Protection Services or the Police, it is highly recommended that you refrain from discussing the case with anyone until a Michigan Child Abuse & Neglect Criminal Defense Lawyer is retained.

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