The term 'abused' means that a child or youth:
- Has been inflicted with physical injury or injuries by other than accidental means
- Has injuries that are at variance with the history given of them
- Is in a condition that is the result of maltreatment, that includes, but is not limited to, malnutrition, sexual molestation or exploitation, deprivation of necessities, emotional maltreatment, or cruel punishment
A child or youth may be found 'neglected' who:
- Has been abandoned
- Is being denied proper care and attention physically, educationally, emotionally, or morally
- Is being permitted to live under conditions, circumstances, or associations injurious to the well-being of the child or youth
- Has been abused
A child or youth may be found 'uncared for' who is homeless or whose home cannot provide the specialized care that the physical, emotional, or mental condition of the child requires.
Sexual Abuse/Exploitation: Citation: Gen. Stat. § 46b-120
The term 'abuse' includes sexual molestation or exploitation.
Emotional Abuse: Citation: Gen. Stat. § 46b-120
The term 'abuse' includes emotional maltreatment.
Abandonment: Citation: Gen. Stat. § 46b-120
A child or youth may be found 'neglected' who has been abandoned.
Standards for Reporting: Citation: Gen. Stat. § 17a-101a
A report is required when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected.
Persons Responsible for the Child: Citation: Gen. Stat. § 46b-120
Responsible persons include the child's parents or guardian.
Exceptions: Citation: Gen. Stat. § 46b-120
The treatment of any child by an accredited Christian Science practitioner, in lieu of treatment by a licensed practitioner of the healing arts, shall not of itself constitute neglect or maltreatment.