Child Abuse


Cases involving alleged abuse of children fall under the Endangering Welfare of Children statute in Pennsylvania. Under this law, it is a crime when:

  1. A parent, guardian or other person supervising the welfare of a child under 18 years of age, or a person that employs or supervises such a person, commits an offense if he knowingly endangers the welfare of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support.
  2. A person commits an offense if the person, in an official capacity, prevents or interferes with the making of a report of suspected child abuse under 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to child protective services).
  3. As used in this subsection, the term “person supervising the welfare of a child” means a person other than a parent or guardian that provides care, education, training or control of a child.

An offense under this chapter is usually graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree (M1) unless there is a course of conduct of endangerment. If there is a course of conduct alleged, the charge may be graded as a felony of the third degree (F3).

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