Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect

The state of Michigan requires certain individuals to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect. If you are a teacher, pastor, caregiver, or a person in a position of authority, you may be considered a mandatory reporter. This means you should familiarize yourself with the indicators of child abuse and neglect. The signs of different types of abuse and neglect vary greatly, but they are not difficult to recognize. Failure to properly report when legally required could result in criminal charges, and it is crucial that you seek out a CPS attorney as soon as possible if you are accused of any child abuse or neglect related charges.

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

If you’re a parent of a child that has similar indicators that have an alternative explanation, you may need to enlist the services of a skilled attorney. Children often get bumps and bruises from playing, or other perfectly normal activities. Nevertheless, CPS is required to pursue every case as if the subject of the investigation is guilty of child abuse. The team at Grabel & Associates understands that accidents happen and our attorneys are willing to step into your case and fight for your parental rights. We have ample experience defending parents that have been wrongfully accused and are ready to put our accumulated knowledge to work in your child abuse or neglect case. Your family’s wellbeing is our top priority. When you choose to partner with us, you can rest assured knowing that your future is in capable hands. Call or contact us online as soon as you learn you are under investigation for child abuse or neglect. The more time we have to build your defense, the better your chances are of receiving a favorable outcome.

Physical and Behavioral Indicators of Child Abuse

Children that are being abused often exhibit the following physical indicators:

  • Unexplained bruises and welts on the face, torso, buttocks, back, or thighs. The bruises may be in various stages of healing and form regular patterns. Bruises often reflect shape of the article used to inflict and appear after an absence, such as a weekend or vacation.
  • Unexplained burns on soles, palms, back or buttocks. These burns may appear to have come from a cigar, cigarette, electric burner, iron, etc. Rope burns on arms, legs, neck, or torso may also be signs of child abuse.
  • Unexplained fractures to the skull, nose, or facial structure in various stages of healing. There may be multiple or spiral fractures.
  • Unexplained laceration or abrasions on the mouth, lips, gums, eyes, or external genitalia.

Children that are being abused often exhibit the following behavior indicators:

  • Wary of adult contact.
  • Worried when other children cry.
  • Exhibit behavioral extremes, such as aggressiveness or withdrawal.
  • Fear of parents and going home.
  • Reports injury by parents or caregivers.

If a child shows any of the above symptoms, CPS will most likely investigate the child’s parents and home.

Our Defense Representation for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

If you or a loved one has been accused of child abuse or neglect, contact a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible. CPS officers take every report they receive very seriously, and will approach the investigation assuming you are guilty. It takes determination and skill to beat child abuse accusations, even when you are completely innocent. The sooner you reach out to a knowledgeable defense attorney, the better your chances are of receiving a favorable outcome. The team at Grabel & Associates understands what is at stake in your child abuse or neglect case and is willing to devote ample time to reviewing every detail to prove your innocence. Our attorneys always go above and beyond to ensure your parental rights are protected. Give us as call via our toll-free hotline to receive a free initial case consultation and to get connected with a seasoned defense lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to begin working on your case.

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Our attorneys have been working in criminal defense for many years, and know what it takes to be successful in and out of court. If you’re under investigation for child abuse or neglect, our team is willing to step in and help you develop a strong defense strategy. Simply call 1-800-342-7896 or fill out our online contact form now.