LOUISIANA CHILDREN'S CODE

TITLE VI. CHILD IN NEED OF CARE

CHAPTER 5. CHILD ABUSE REPORTING AND INVESTIGATION

 

Art. 609      Mandatory and permitted reporting

A. With respect to mandatory reporters:

(1) Notwithstanding any claim of privileged communication, any mandatory reporter who has cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect or that abuse or neglect was a contributing factor in a child's death shall report in accordance with Article 610.

(2) Violation of the duties imposed upon a mandatory reporter subjects the offender to criminal prosecution authorized by R.S. 14:403(A)(1).

B. With respect to permitted reporters, any other person having cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect, including a judge of any court of this state, may report in accordance with Article 610.

C. The filing of a report, known to be false, may subject the offender to criminal prosecution authorized by R.S. 14:403(A)(3).

Added by Acts 1991, No. 235, §6, eff. Jan. 1, 1992. Amended by Acts 1993, No. 637, §1, eff. June 15, 1993.