Required To Report, Senate Bill 161 Passed

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

WV Senate Bill 161 is signed into law requiring all care givers of children report abuse or neglect to officials.

Certain professions, like medical professionals and law enforcement, have always been required to report possible abuse or neglect. Senate Bill 161 expands the list of those required to report abuse and neglect of children. In short, anyone who cares for a child and suspects or knows of abuse or neglect is required to notify officials.

If the abuse is sexual, any adult over the age of 18 is required to notify officials within 48 hours.

Failure to report any abuse or neglect can result in criminal misdemeanor charges.

"The penalties now for failing to report child abuse and neglect will be from 10 days in jail to 30 days in jail and from a 100 dollar fine to a 1,000 dollar fine for those who fail to report," explains Capt. rick Woodyard of the Wood County Sheriff's Department.

Capt. Woodyard encourages anyone who knows or suspects that a child is being abused or neglected contact the Department of Health and Human Resources.

To read the entire bill click on the link below.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    Hey what about Senate BILL 149 . How many guns does the Police department have to return to gunowners ?
  • by Concerned Location: Ritchie co on Apr 6, 2012 at 04:42 AM
    I started reporting sexual abuse on a child in Oct 2011 to the DHHR of Ritchie Co. I even contacted law officials. Nothing was done. I was given excuses to why this was not investigated. Now this child is pregnant by her perp. Having a law for reporting is great, but what about the lack of investigation?
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      by wow on Apr 6, 2012 at 08:49 AM in reply to Concerned
      how old was the child and how old was the perp. That sometimes has to do if anything can be done or not. Also was the perp related to the child
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        by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 04:53 PM in reply to wow
        She is 14 and he is 19
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      by fed up!! on Apr 7, 2012 at 02:22 PM in reply to Concerned
      DHHR in ritchie co is a joke!! all they care about is a pay check. I have reported to them several times but nothing is ever done!!
  • by MandtedReporter on Apr 6, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    Now, if something only happened after the reports are made.
  • by Peter Curran Location: Saint Cloud Fl on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:06 PM
    Good law!!!! Where ? What State? would be nice to know!
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